Twitch issue update to sexual content guidelines after streamer ban – now updates update
Despite Twitch’s decision to reverse changes to its sexual content policy, some streamers are still testing the boundaries of Twitch’s terms of service on thin ice.
Twitch introduced new guidelines for sexually explicit (or suggestive) content on its platform on December 13th, following a major controversy over nude appearances by streamers. Streamer Moogpee popularized this trend by pointing the camera at her as if she had no clothes on. Morgupy confirmed to Dexerto that she was indeed clothed in front of the camera, but was still banned. The “nude meta” that gave Morgpie a huge boost eventually led to her Twitch allowing “artistic nudity” on the platform. Two days later, on December 15th, the change was reverted after a large number of streamers appeared to be abusing the policy.
Although most explicit content has now disappeared from the platform, “nude meta” continues to permeate the platform. Recently, streamer and erotica model Firedancer started using black bars to hide private parts, furthering his new Twitch meta of “implicit nudity.” As Dexerto pointed out on Dec. 19, the streamer uses black bars to hide her private parts, which means she’s not wearing anything underneath. In one of the clips, he even suggested he wasn’t wearing a shirt to hint at nudity.
The clip posted by Dexart has received more than 15 million views on Twitter alone, and the original clip has received approximately 300,000 views on Twitch. Even if Firedancer isn’t actually naked, it looks like the meta is about to start. The streamer showed in another clip that she was wearing clothes under black bars, but that’s not the point. What matters is what people think, and it’s clear that Nude Meta values perception while attracting hundreds of thousands of devoted Twitch streaming viewers.
Few streamers followed Firedancer’s lead this week, but it may only be a matter of time before more YouTubers test the limits of the new rules.