Streamlabs, one of the most popular resources for live streaming tools, software and news support, releases a new version "Safe Mode" feature to complement your Cloudbot tool. The new feature is a direct response to growing reports of "hate raids" on Twitch, where streamers (usually members of marginalized communities) are subjected to incessant floods of discriminatory or racial language from numerous accounts. users.
Safe Mode is a switching to the Streamlabs dashboard that allows users to clear all recent events from their chat, clear the currently queued follower / host / raid, and disable follower alerts.
If users have the Streamlabs Cloudbot feature turned on, safe mode will also put chat in emote-only mode, in follower-only mode, and in sub-only mode, disable chat alerts for followers, and clear their chat history. chats.
According to one Streamlabs employee, streamers can also give their mods and administrators access to safe mode features through the Streamlabs site. There are additional access methods along the way.
“Streamlabs believes in fostering a supportive environment to ensure a positive experience for our streamers and their viewers,” Streamlabs said. "You and your community need to feel confident expressing themselves without fear of being harassed."
Hate raids on Twitch became such a frequent issue for many streamers that some parts of the community started the #ADayOffTwitch movement, boycotting the service after Twitch failed to present any effective solution to the racist brigade. The boycott caused simultaneous viewers to drop from 4.5 to 3.5 million people, a sizable part of the business.
Streamers used the boycott to require Twitch to take various actions to combat harassment on its platform, including holding a roundtable with content creators to measure community desires, creating more tools proactively to combat harassment by regulating age or denying hatred incursions and suppressing the possibility of linking numerous Twitch accounts to an email address.
Many Twitch users, including members of the Twitch Affiliate program, praised Streamlabs for doing something about a negative situation over which it has no ownership.
Look, once again Streamlabs provides the tools that @Twitch denies. #TwitchDoBetter https://t.co/cRMzOiM2X6September 1, 2021
Come through Streamlabs !!! For now, Twitch is doing nothing to fix the hate raids. I'm glad @streamlabs has increased !!! https://t.co/INgUVUw0XKSeptember 1, 2021
Of course, it's good to see more anti-harassment tools available to streamers it's harder to avoid hate raids than you might think. Streamlabs is not directly affiliated with Twitch (Streamlabs was purchased by Logitech in 2019), but Streamlabs OBS software has long been one of the most popular options for streaming content to sites like Twitch and YouTube.
For now, streamers and streaming watchers are waiting to see what the next step of Twitch will be.