Streaming platform Twitch has already reversed their new “artistic nudity” policy within 24 hours of making the controversial policy changes.
The now-reversed policy changes, which abruptly let streamers present “fictional fully exposed female-presenting breasts and/or genitals or buttocks”, though not full on fictional pornography or sexual acts.
Also allowed with the changes were “popular dances” like “twerking, grinding, and pole dancing”, which for a brief internet moment were allowed on Twitch without the “sexual themes label.”
Once the site was flooded with a tidal wave of sexual content, many fans expressed concerns over the platform being inundated with sexual content frequently unrelated to video games – which is what Twitch was made for originally.
Twitch has now reversed those policy changes so none of that is allowed anymore, as “much of the content created has been met with community concern,” which are “concerns we share” at Twitch.
The company is seemingly blaming AI-produced art for the glut of adult content that hit the platform, and not poledancing egirls.
“Digital depictions of nudity present a unique challenge–AI can be used to create realistic images, and it can be hard to distinguish between digital art and photography,” Twitch said.
Regardless, after the deluge of sexual content blanketed the platform yesterday and through last night, Twitch has pumped the breaks.
“Upon reflection, we have decided that we went too far with this change,” the company said. “So, effective today, we are rolling back the artistic nudity changes. Moving forward, depictions of real or fictional nudity won’t be allowed on Twitch, regardless of the medium.”
Twitch was also keen to note that the restriction does not apply to “Mature-rated games”, though it’s worth reiterating the company’s double standard on mature Japanese games compared to mature western games.
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