What does Twitch not allow

Frequently asked questions about the Community Guidelines

How does Twitch define hateful behavior?

Hateful behavior will not be tolerated and is expressly prohibited. Hateful behavior is any content or activity that encourages, encourages or supports discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment or violence based on the following identity-related traits:

  • Race, ethnic origin or nationality
  • Religion or belief
  • Gender, sexual identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Disability or illness
  • Physical characteristics
  • Veteran status

Twitch reviews reports of hateful behavior against a number of factors to assess intent and context. You can find more information about our Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policy here.

What can I do about people in my chat who are being harassed or hateful while I'm offline or away for a short time?

We ask streamers to do their best to moderate their chat with tools such as AutoMod, to set up a moderation team and to use the numerous tools available from other providers.

As long as you don't tolerate content or behavior that violates Community Guidelines, you can be sure that no enforcement action will be taken on your channel.

You can find out more about this in our article on dealing with harassment in chat.

What should I do about viewers who are using parts of my stream, such as text-to-speech, to post harassment, hateful statements, or sexual content?

As a streamer, you are responsible for the content in your stream. We require you to do your best to moderate the interactive elements of your stream. For example, you can set a word filter or a time delay for notifications so that you have the chance to moderate incoming notifications. In the end, you decide which steps are right for your stream and the behavior of your community in order to comply with the community guidelines. Don't forget to temporarily disable or mute any unmoderated interactive elements such as text-to-speech when you are away from your computer.

To what extent am I responsible for my community?

Creators have a role model function and control the community that they create and maintain around them. Creators should be concerned about the consequences of what they say and do for their viewers. It is your responsibility to do your best to prevent any harassment from anyone in your community.

Twitch may not be used to incite, support, facilitate or organize hateful behavior or harassment, whether on or off Twitch. We will ban communities, groups, and individuals who do this.

You can learn more about this in our article on Hateful Behavior and Harassment.

Why does Twitch regulate behavior outside of Twitch?

We understand that harassment against members of the Twitch community may, in some cases, result from behavior outside of Twitch. The reason we want to prevent demonstrable harassment outside of Twitch is our belief that by ignoring behaviors that we can attribute to a Twitch account, we are jeopardizing one of our most important goals: Every user on Twitch should feel free and authentic contribute to the Twitch community without fear of harassment.

How does Twitch regulate behavior that takes place outside of Twitch?

If harassment is reported, links to evidence must be submitted with the report.

The moderation team only becomes active if:

  • The links given can be checked
  • The content can be assigned directly to the reported Twitch user
  • The target of harassment is another user, group of users, or an employee of Twitch
  • The moderation team determines that our guidelines have been violated

Twitch will not actively monitor other websites or services for violations of our Community Guidelines, and we will not consider any content outside of Twitch that originated before March 5, 2018.

You can find more information about our policy on hateful behavior or harassment here.

What clothing is appropriate for my stream?

Given the variety of content and activities creators engage in, an explicit code of clothing would be inappropriate and restrictive. Streaming is a public activity that reaches global audiences from many age groups and cultures. For this reason, we prohibit nudity and sexual content and sexually suggestive behavior. When we evaluate reported sexual behavior content, clothing is only one factor that we use to determine whether the behavior is acceptable.

Our recommendation for creators is apparel that is believed to be appropriate for the context, location, and activity that is being streamed in public. Examples of appropriate clothing include exercise clothing for a fitness stream and swimwear for a stream from a public beach.

Learn more about our nudity and clothing guidelines here.

I am an artist and I want to paint a nude picture that has no sexual aspects. Can I stream my nude drawing painting?

As we do not yet have tools that allow viewers to adequately limit the display of nudity and adult content, nudity for artistic or educational purposes is not allowed. However, we are working to make this possible in the future.

What about other activities like body art and dancing?

Body art and body art, dancing, and other creative activities that don't violate our guidelines are welcome on Twitch. However, if any content is flagged as potentially sexually suggestive, we will examine the context and intended effect of the content to determine whether the reported behavior violates our guidelines.

You can learn more about our sexually suggestive content policy here.

How will the new guidelines for content created before March 5, 2018 be enforced retrospectively? Do you expect me to delete something?

The new guidelines have been in effect for all content on the platform since March 5, 2018. We expect the creator to do their best to remove all hateful, harassing and sexually suggestive content from their channel.

However, if we are notified of content that violates the new guidelines and was created before they came into force, it will be removed immediately. We reserve the right to proceed at our own discretion in the event of serious violations. Information on checking and deleting individual clips and VODs can be found in the corresponding articles on help.twitch.tv: How to manage clips and VOD on Twitch.

Do I have to be the target of hate speech or harassment in order to report a user?

No. Sometimes a target does not notice the harassment immediately or is unable to report it. Sometimes hate comments are directed against groups of people rather than individuals. Regardless of how badly you are affected, you can report hateful behavior or harassment in the sense of a violation of our community guidelines if you notice them.

Do I need to tell another user that I feel harassed by their behavior in order for it to be considered harassment and for my report to be considered valid?

No. In certain contexts, content or activity that appears harassing may be unintentional and the user can correct their behavior if it is pointed out that their actions are unpleasant to others. You may find certain forms of harassment serious enough to report directly without first telling the other user that they are undesirable. You can communicate that this behavior is undesirable, but we strongly recommend that you only do so if you consider it safe and appropriate. If the user in question does not change his or her behavior, we recommend that you submit a report and consider other ways of dealing with the situation. For example, you can block the user's account or accounts, or block them from chatting.

I accidentally showed sexually explicit content. Will my account be banned now?

As the account owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that all content shared on your account complies with the Twitch Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. If you are unsure whether a link, photo, video, or other content in your stream violates these terms or guidelines, we recommend that you review it privately before posting it to your stream. Content that violates the terms of use or guidelines, whether accidentally or intentionally, can be reported. The moderators can then take appropriate action on this content, such as deleting the content and locking the account. Because live content is released the moment it is created, we expect you to take reasonable precautions. Even a violation of our guidelines can result in appropriate action.

Why aren't there specific rules about what clothes are allowed and what not on Twitch?

As the variety of content offered on Twitch continues to grow, we also need to update the range of appropriate clothing. For example, clothing that is appropriate for a beach or gym stream may not be allowed in a cooking or gameplay stream. To help creators follow our community guidelines as they would in the real world, we've updated our guidelines. We take into account not only the clothing itself, but also the context in which it is worn and the behavior of the person wearing it. Please note that sexually explicit or suggestive content, such as nudity, exposing or highlighting genitals, buttocks or nipples, as well as clothing that is intended to appear sexually suggestive, is prohibited.

What about subscriber emotes?

Aside from Twitch's Terms of Use and Community Guidelines, all Subscriber Emotes are subject to additional guidelines outlined in the Subscriber Emoticons Guide. Please note that subscriber emotes are not only used or displayed in the respective partner or affiliate channel; Subscriber emotes can be used anywhere on Twitch, so these guidelines may be stricter. Read the Emote Guidelines section carefully so that you can be sure that you understand all of the emote guidelines and know what is and is not allowed.