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Twitch reverses course: Nudity guidelines overhaul sparks backlash



Controversial update on nudity policy prompts swift reversal after community uproar

In a whirlwind of events, Twitch has backtracked on recent changes to its nudity content guidelines, following a massive outcry from users. The platform faced a storm of controversy after a contentious update, leading to confusion and discontent among its diverse user base.

The turmoil began over the weekend when Twitch streamer Morgpie appeared on the platform seemingly topless, resulting in her ban for violating nudity guidelines. However, when she clarified that she was wearing a low-cut bandeau top, Twitch responded with an update to its policies.

The revised guidelines stated that Twitch would permit streams deliberately highlighting certain body parts, even when fully clothed, and allow content featuring fictionalized fully exposed female-presenting anatomy, with appropriate labeling. The announcement also introduced the concept of a ‘Sexual Themes Label’ for content focusing on fictionalized sexual body parts.

Just two days later, Twitch issued another update, announcing a reversal of some of the newly implemented policy changes. The platform acknowledged the challenges faced with fictionalized nudity and shared that streamers had produced content both in violation of and compliance with the new policies.

In a post addressing the community, Twitch explained, “Upon reflection, we have decided that we went too far with this change.” The platform emphasized the difficulty in distinguishing between digital art and photography, prompting the decision to roll back the artistic nudity changes.

The revised stance clarifies that depictions of real or fictional nudity will not be allowed on the site, regardless of the medium, except for Mature-rated games.

Dan Clancy, representing Twitch, expressed regret over the confusion caused by the update, stating, “While I wish we would have predicted this outcome, part of our job is to make adjustments that serve the community. I apologize for the confusion that this update has caused.”

The swift reversal highlights the delicate balance platforms like Twitch must strike when updating policies to cater to diverse user interests and expectations.


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