Live streaming service Twitch will ban users who belong to hate groups or pose credible threats of mass violence, in a new approach to moderating the platform, the company said on Wednesday.
The Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) Inc-owned platform, which is popular with gamers, said it will take action under its new rules against offline offenses that pose a “substantial security risk” to its community.
It said examples of this “serious conduct” include terrorist activity, child sexual exploitation, violent extremism, credible threats of mass violence, knowingly carrying out or acting as an abettor of a sexual assault, and threatening Twitch or its staff.
“Taking action against misconduct that occurs entirely outside of our service is a novel approach for both Twitch and the industry as a whole, but we believe getting it right is crucial,” the company said in a blog post.
The major social media companies, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB ) and Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR ), largely focus their rules and actions on content and activity on the current services, with exceptions for certain individuals or organizations that designated as dangerous or violent.