Twitch stops paid-for promotion feature after porn appears on its front page

midian182

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WTF?! There are some certainties in life: death, taxes, and porn on the internet. It seems the last one slipped Twitch's mind. The livestreaming giant has been forced to disable its paid channel-boost feature after explicit content was splattered all over its front page.

Twitch's channel-boosting feature has been around since December 2020. It initially worked using free channel points that were pooled by viewers during Community Challenges. The boost reward promoted streams to highly visible parts of Twitch, allowing more people to discover streamers, their content, and their community.

That all sounds well and good, but few were happy with the announcement of paid boosts. These turned Boost this Stream into a paid feature, allowing people to pay for the boosts and push channels to the front page. Even the streamers themselves could pay for boosts, giving an unfair advantage to those content creators who already have lots of followers/money.

PCGamer notes that while Paid Boosts ended in late 2021, it was replaced by Boost Train in early March, a similar feature that lets viewers boost channels by purchasing subscriptions and bits. But it didn't take long before people started noticing content of an adult nature appearing on Twitch's front page.

Streamer @thenoosh22 highlighted a pornographic image on Twitch's most prominent page that included the "Promoted by the community" tag. The channel in question was livestreaming explicit material. It was banned, but that didn't stop another porn channel, as spotted by streamer Zach Bussey, from also exploiting the feature and landing on Twitch's front page.

Twitch says it has now paused Boost Train because of safety-related issues—or in other words, wanting the service to be less like Pornhub.

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Phaetos

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So the mechanic promoting the "seedy livestream" is the problem, NOT the channel breaking TOS by livestreaming p0rn? Just one more backwards take by Twitch.
 

Guberian

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This isnt much better than the other content of the front page ie hot tub meta but it pokes a toe over the line of monetization so it was removed.
 

Uncle Al

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Well it's often been said that port makes up about 75% of the internet so what's the big surprise? Now if it came with free sample tickets I think I'd have to do a bit of research into it too!
 

Squid Surprise

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Not the same thing. Twitch is not a movie.
What’s your point - the moral restrictions remain… you can portray people getting shot, or stabbed - or knocked out via fighting/punching/kicking… but you won’t see any nipples…
 

Puiu

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What’s your point - the moral restrictions remain… you can portray people getting shot, or stabbed - or knocked out via fighting/punching/kicking… but you won’t see any nipples…
I don't get your point. Why are you making this argument for a platform like Twitch?

As for movies, yes you won't see many nip slips (I think The Fifth Element had some), but you still get plenty of "sexy" scenes and clothing. Even a lot of implied or just not fully shown sex scenes.

This was from a children's movie, remember?
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Squid Surprise

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I don't get your point. Why are you making this argument for a platform like Twitch?

As for movies, yes you won't see many nip slips (I think The Fifth Element had some), but you still get plenty of "sexy" scenes and clothing. Even a lot of implied or just not fully shown sex scenes.

This was from a children's movie, remember?
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PG means you can have "sexual references" - whereas you can have ACTUAL violence.

An "R" movie can have just about any violence you can think of... but if you want hardcore sex, it has to be X rated...

That's my point... our society deems sex far worse than violence.

And honestly, the PG films might actually worse than the R ones... because at least in most R-rated films, you see the full effects of violence. Many PG films simply make violence out too be harmless fun (see Avengers).

The thing is... while there are certainly issues with portraying sex on TV and movies, they pale in comparison with the glorification of violence...

Don't get me wrong however - I ENJOY violence in movies and TV - I just don't see any problem with also watching sex...