Twitch has revamped its mature content guidelines, transitioning from a simple switch to precise categories that outline the expected viewer content. The new Content Classification Labels include mature-rated games, sexual themes, significant usage of profanity or vulgar language, gambling, violent or graphic images, and finally, depiction of drugs, intoxication, or excessive tobacco use.
These ratings are applicable both to the game you’re playing and your personal conduct. For instance, if you’re playing a game with a mature rating, Twitch will automatically designate it accordingly. However, if you’re playing an E-rated game while using excessive foul language, it will be your responsibility to tag your stream with significant profanity or vulgarity. The labels are generally self-explanatory, but for added clarity, Twitch’s Content Classification Guidelines provide comprehensive guidance on their appropriate use, including pose examples and classification of curse words. The rules regarding unacceptable content on streams remain unaltered.
You can find the Content Classification Labels in the “Edit Stream Info” section of the Stream Manager, located beneath the language control. A drop-down menu will display the six options, each accompanied by a brief description. Simply click on the one(s) relevant to your current stream, and as the stream evolves, add or remove labels as needed.
Keep in mind, any labels left selected when you conclude a stream will automatically carry over to your next stream unless you deselect them. You have the ability to report other users to Twitch (and vice versa) for not using the required labels, and if Twitch concurs, they will issue a warning.
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While these new Content Classification Labels are ready for use, Twitch is offering a grace period for users to adjust. You can receive warnings during this period, but Twitch will only begin counting them after July 20. After this date, “repeated warnings” won’t necessarily lead to a suspension from Twitch. Instead, they may lock certain classifications onto your account for a predetermined number of days or weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Twitch Content Classification Labels
What are the new Content Classification Labels on Twitch?
The new Content Classification Labels on Twitch are categories that define the type of content viewers can expect in a stream. They include mature-rated games, sexual themes, significant usage of profanity or vulgar language, gambling, violent or graphic images, and the depiction of drugs, intoxication, or excessive tobacco use.
How are these labels applied to streams on Twitch?
The labels can be found in the “Edit Stream Info” section of the Stream Manager on Twitch. You can click on the relevant labels for your stream. If the content of your stream changes, you can add or remove labels as needed. Any labels left selected when a stream ends will be automatically applied to the next stream.
What happens if a Twitch streamer doesn’t use the required labels?
If a Twitch user doesn’t use the required labels for their stream, other users can report them to Twitch. If Twitch agrees that the labels were necessary, they can issue a warning to the streamer. After July 20, repeated warnings can lead to certain classifications being locked onto an account for a set period.
What is the adjustment period provided by Twitch for these new labels?
Twitch is offering an adjustment period for users to get used to these new labels. During this time, users can still receive warnings, but Twitch will only start counting them after July 20. After this date, repeated warnings may result in certain classifications being locked onto the user’s account for a set duration.
How does the new labeling system affect the game and the streamer?
The new Content Classification Labels apply both to the game being played and the behavior of the streamer. For instance, if a mature-rated game is being played, Twitch will automatically label it. However, if the streamer is playing an E-rated game and using excessive foul language, they will need to mark their stream as having significant profanity or vulgarity.