Hate blitzes are becoming increasingly common on Twitch, with bots flooding various streams with racial slurs and other gruesome language. It led to the hashtag #DoBetterTwitch And #ADayOffTwitch Gaining momentum on Twitter, and a response from the platform acknowledging the need to deal with this unfortunate trend more effectively.
For now, Twitch is blaming streamers to prevent these things from happening. Tools like chat mode are available in followers only mode or block certain words and phrases, but one operator gave an excellent explanation of why this is not as easy as it sounds.
ArtForTheApocolypse Run a script to limit how many variations of the word “jogger” can be created using just a mixture of English or Latin characters – as the ribbon notes, Twitch also supports Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic characters.
“Twitch gives you tools to manage hate raids. You just have to use them.” Well, let’s give it a try… (playing audio) #TwitchDoBetter pic.twitter.com/pvxyJ8Vw1SAugust 22, 2021
This was the main way a lot of these bots circumvent banned words because Twitch doesn’t automatically pick up alternate spellings. The script has pumped out 21.9 million large variations of the word, all of which will need to be individually blocked using the platform’s tools.
As ArtForTheApocolypse points out, it is not possible to do this type of craft manually. But even with the channel bot blocking those words for him, it could take 76 days just to censor “jogger” and all its variations. “Expecting live streams to manage this issue themselves is not just unfair, it’s not technically feasible,” he says at the end of his video.
Twitch promised thatwork hardTo make the platform more secure for creators, including “channel-wide ban evasion detection and account optimizations to combat this malicious behavior,” but also says the people behind these bots are constantly looking for workarounds.