ADayOffTwitch is The Community’s Response to Twitch Hate Raids
Hate Raids have been plaguing marginalized streamers on Twitch, resulting in the “ADayOffTwitch” hashtag beginning to trend. On September 1st, many streamers have pledged to go on strike and not stream on the platform, in response to a lack of help from the streaming giant. The hope is that if enough streamers don’t go live, it will hit Twitch where it matters the most – the wallet. Let’s be honest, Twitch doesn’t actually care about the people on the platform, but the bottom line. Not every raid is a good raid, either. We’ve seen a serious uptick in Hate Raids. This idea originally came from Rek It Raven, LuciaEverBlack, and Shineypen, but more and more have stood up behind them. But not everyone seems to agree that it will do anything.
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Twitch claimed in a recent tweet that they’ve seen the conversation about Hate Raids, and harassment of marginalized content creators. The problem is that this has been happening for months now. It’s not a new thing that just started up last week. The current tools available on Twitch do not allow the streamers to deal with hate raids. Sure, you can use third-party tools, but it would be nice for Twitch to actually listen to their users and content creators. It’s hard to deal with a sudden couple of hundred people hitting your chat with Nazi ASCII, racial/LGBT slurs, and so forth. Thus, ADayOffTwitch began to trend on Twitter.
What has Twitch said about it? A recent Twitter post goes into some minute detail:
“We’ve seen a lot of conversation about botting, hate raids, and other forms of harassment targeting [sic] marginalised creators. You’re asking us to do better, and we know we need to do more to address these issues. That includes an open and ongoing dialogue about creator safety.” It also admitted there was a “vulnerability in our proactive filters” and promised to “keep updating this to address emerging issues.”
They also point out they’re launching channel-level ban evasion detection and account verification improvements later this year. It should be at least a bit harder to create accounts, so people can’t just flood bot accounts. These raids can also include real-life details about the streamer, which is horrifying. These hate raids lean towards marginalized streamers, and people who support them. But not everyone seems to think ADayOffTwitch will even do anything.
Some streamers have contractual obligations that require them to stream. That’s perfectly understandable. But others simply don’t think it will matter. Asmongold stated he won’t be taking part, and went over his reasons. He doesn’t think it will make any amount of change, because there aren’t many big streamer names involved:
“Nobody gives a f**k if you take the day off. Nobody knows who you are. That’s the truth,” he said. “You can’t get a bunch of 20 small streamers together and think you’re going to do anything. Nobody gives a f**k.”
Asmongold did say he’d join if the other big streamers took part. He believes in “the power in numbers”, but when it’s just small streamers primarily, it’s not getting any power behind it. When asked why he didn’t step up to lead the charge for larger streamers, apparently he’s received hate for that in the past when he went to stand up. However, if some of the other major streamers stood up for ADayOffTwitch, we could see Asmongold join in. Asmongold’s argument does have merit, unfortunately. As one of those smaller streamers, this writer does think it’s worth boycotting. But it’s not likely that Twitch will take seriously some small streamers who are tired of being harassed.
It’s a perfectly fair argument. Hate Raiding is absolutely disgusting and should be condemned. It’s been going on for months, and it really needs to have a solution. Twitch not being open about the problem sooner is truly unfortunate.