Twitch updated its guidelines and clarified what it considers sexually explicit content on April 28.
Sexually explicit content has always been banned on the Amazon-owned platform, but now Twitch has explained to viewers and streamers what is actually prohibited. This clarification does not change anything for now or how the platform will apply the topic in the future. The sexual content policy on Twitch, however, may change in the coming months as the platform is still working on it.
Twitch explains what sexually explicit content is under the “Nudity and Sexual Content” guideline on its official blog. “Users are prohibited from posting, uploading, soliciting, offering, and linking to pornographic or sexually explicit content,” the directive says. “And to offer or solicit any sexual content in exchange for money, services or valuables.”
What Twitch Considers Sexually Explicit Content
The Amazon-owned platform has listed a bunch of things it considers sexually explicit content and said that’s not all. Here’s exactly what Twitch has clarified as prohibited.
- Explicit, simulated, or implied oral, anal, and vaginal intercourse, including prolonged sound involving intercourse/masturbation/orgasm, such as clear moans and grunts.
- Explicit, simulated, or implied self-masturbation or mutual masturbation, including touching or fondling the genitals
- Display of sexual body fluids.
- Phone sex, sex chat, or otherwise engage with other people or chat to create sexual content.
- Advertising or solicitation of sexual services, including prostitution, escort services, sexual massages and filmed sexual activity.
In addition to the items listed above, Twitch prohibits creators from streaming in areas where nudity or sexual activity may occur. Content creators also cannot directly link to pornographic or sexually explicit content in their live streams, chat, or bio.
One thing is however permitted. The streaming platform will not punish users who link their personal websites or social media handles that may “incidentally contain” such links of pornographic or sexually explicit content.
“We hope this new language adds a little more clarity to our expectations and we look forward to sharing more on the subject in the months to come,” Twitch said. “We appreciate your patience as we work through this complex matter.”