Hate raids are becoming more common on Twitch, with robots flooding various streams with racial insults and other grotesque language. It has led to the hashtags #DoBetterTwitch and #ADayOffTwitch gaining momentum on Twitter, and a response from the platform acknowledging that they need to deal with this unfortunate trend more effectively.
Right now, Twitch puts the responsibility on the serious bands to keep these things from happening. There are tools like putting the chat in follower-only mode or blocking certain words and phrases, but a streamer has given an excellent explanation of why it’s not as easy as it sounds.
ArtForTheApocolypse executed a script to determine how many variations of the word "jogger" could be created with a mixture of only English or Latin characters; as the streamer points out, Twitch also supports Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic characters.
"@Twitch gives you tools to handle hate raids. You just have to use them." Okay, let's try it … (turn on the volume) #TwitchDoBetter pic.twitter.com/pvxyJ8Vw1SAugust 22, 2021
It has been the main way many of these robots have evaded blocked words, as Twitch does not automatically collect alternate spellings. The script generated a whopping 21.9 million variations of the word, which would have to be blocked individually using the platform’s tools.
As ArtForTheApocolypse points out, it is not possible to do this type of work manually. But even with a channel bot blocking those words, it would take 76 days to censor the “runner” and all its variations. “Waiting for streamers to handle this problem themselves is not only unfair, it’s not technologically possible,” he says at the end of his video.
Twitch promised that it is "working hard"to make the platform safer for creators, including a" channel-level ban detection detection and account enhancements to combat this malicious behavior, "but also states that the people behind it & # 39; these robots are constantly finding solutions.