Twitch responds to a new wave of hate raids • Eurogamer.net

“Bad actors coordinated.”

Twitch has responded to a new wave of hate raids against women and LGBT+ streamers.

The attacks were coordinated on an external site, cozy.tv, run by white nationalist Nick Fuentes (who has since had his Twitter account suspended).

Twitch has publicly acknowledged the Twitter raids, confirming that its legal team is investigating and that all Twitch accounts involved have been suspended.

“Over the past 24 hours, bad actors have been coordinating off Twitch to target women and LGBTQ+ members of our community with spammy and hateful chat messages,” the Twitter thread read. “Hate has no place on Twitch, and we have identified and suspended the Twitch accounts of those who participated.

“Our security team is actively investigating reports and suspending users in violation of our terms of service. Our legal team is also involved and actively investigating. We have taken legal action against those who have harassed our community in the past and let’s continue to carry out these activities seriously.”

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The platform also advises the following to help keep your stream secure: connect AutoMod to L3, enable followers-only and slow mode, enable email and phone verification, and only allow raids from friends.

Hate raids have taken place on the platform over the past year, attacking streamers from minority communities. Essentially, bot accounts are introduced into a streamer’s chat by posting hateful and abusive comments that are largely racist and transphobic in nature.

While Twitch has launched new security tools to combat raids and banned 15 million bot accounts last year, this new wave of attacks is being mobilized off-platform.

Targeted streamers were reposted on Fuentes’ platform and openly mocked before hate messages were sent. Fuentes himself claimed responsibility for the raids and encouraged the practice in a disgusting video message.

As such, Twitch is rightly investigating a lawsuit and advising streamers to protect themselves online.

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