Twitch reportedly expands measures to stop child predators with new tools including a phone verification process in a bid to block young users from registering new accounts on the platform.
Twitch Reportedly Expands Measures to Stop Child Predators
On Tuesday, twitch said that t is implementing a couple of new safeguards in order to address child grooming on its streaming platform, the company in a blog post announced the rollout of “mandatory phone verification requirements” in order to stop users who are under the age of 13 from registering new accounts.
The whole process aims to prevent minors from sharing risky content and also to clamp down on child predators on the platforms that are seeking to exploit and harm kids.
Twitch Is Also Upgrading Its Staff Tools
And in addition to ramping up efforts in locking younger users from joining the platform or live-streaming, twitch is said to be upgrading its staff tools in order to prioritize reported incidents that are involving children and kids under the age of 13.
And to monitor predatory behavior, the platform disabled the use of certain search terms and also updated the privacy settings on its whispers messaging feature, twitch’s acquisition of Spirit AI which is a language processing tool, will further assist in locating and tracking harmful written messages.
Twitch Also Has Expanded Collaborations with Law Enforcement Partners
Twitch also has expanded collaborations with law enforcement partners and firms that work to identify and stop online child endangerment.
Twitch also noted that it cannot share its whole strategy so as to prevent bad actors from going past its safeguards. But the company however cited its September post where it addressed child grooming threats and its ongoing work to shut that down on the platform.
The said statement followed a report by Bloomberg that found close to 2,000 alleged predator accounts that were following children on the platform. And in some cases, users convinced kids to carry out vulgar acts on livestreams.