"Hate raids" are organized attacks on marginalized Twitch streamers in which bot accounts flood the chat with repeated insults, sometimes incorporating Nazi images or real life details about the goal. At the beginning of the month, they increased in frequency and severity to the point of labeling #TwitchDoBetter it was a trend on Twitter.
Started by streamer Rek It Raven, the label drew attention to the platform's lack of response in hate raids. Twitch’s current moderation tools don’t have the finesse to deal with these raids, and while some streamers rely on third-party tools to fill the gap, they even prefer Twitch to be intensified, especially since Twitch gets halfway through. from what most streamers earn through subscriptions and tips.
He The platform's response was the admission that "we know we need to do more to solve these problems" and was followed by a fil which says, "We've been building channel-level evasion detections and account improvements for months to combat this malicious behavior. However, as we work on solutions, the bad actors work in parallel to finding ways to remove them is why we can't. I don't always share details. "
This is not enough for many streamers, who basically plan to do it strike on September 1, and asking viewers to boycott Twitch the same day. Looking at the label #DayOffTwitch, you can see streamers from all over the world declaring that they will join this protest in solidarity.
To end with a small ray of sunshine, when several hate raids recently hit the Rek It Raven channel, Sean "Day " Plott countered with a "love raid" sending more than a hundred of his viewers to drown out the obnoxious comments of the robots. Seeing Raven's chat is full of hearts and messages of support it was a rare positive moment in this otherwise depressing saga.