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Twitch streamers protest hate raids with #ADayOffTwitch

Twitch streamers are rallying behind the #ADayOffTwitch movement by not streaming on September 1st, in protest against targeted "hate raids" of marginalized streamers plaguing the streaming platform.
Over the past few weeks, marginalized Twitch streamers have been the target of orchestrated "hate raids" that saw bot accounts bombard their chat channels with hateful, racist, transphobic, sexist and outright disgusting messages. After tremendous public outcry from streamers on the platform, the #TwitchDoBetter trended on social media.

Twitch subsequently announced that they would take action but failed to remediate the situation, despite identifying a vulnerability in their proactive filters. This instigated a call by streamers, RevItRaven, LuciaEverBlack and ShineyPen, to start the #ADayOffTwitch movement, which prompted all streamers not to stream on Twitch, on September 1st, in a bid to bring attention to the racist cyberattacks plaguing the platform.

Twitch streamers take a day off in protest of hate raids

According to a report by The Washington Post, the organizers aimed to bring greater awareness to the now growing problem that marginalized streamers face on a daily basis. They also note Twitch's apparently lacklustre approach and slow response to resolving the problem. While "hate raids" are nothing new, the report also refers to the use of bots to exaggerate the frequency of these hateful attacks.

Twitch hate raids involve channels being spammed with derogatory messages
Twitch hate raids involve channels being spammed with derogatory messages. (Picture: Twitter / trihex)

ShineyPen, who is a Filipino trans streamer, told The Verge that "A Day Off Twitch is largely about coming together in solidarity. The one day off is a step in the many steps we have to take towards change."

Bots hate raid official Twitch Gaming channel
Bots hate raid official Twitch Gaming channel. (Picture: Twitter / TheCaramelGamer)

RevItRaven told Kotaku that "it’s so heartbreaking to see all the stories of marginalized people on the platform being attacked for something outside of their control like their skin colour, gender identity, sexual preference, or otherwise." They added that streamers "shouldn't have to feel fear to press 'go live' " and we totally agree.

Streamers urge Twitch users to stand behind #ADayOffTwitch in protest of hate raids plaguing the platform
Streamers urge Twitch users to stand behind #ADayOffTwitch in protest of hate raids plaguing the platform. (Picture: Twitch / RekItRaven)

The #ADayOffTwitch protest will last for a full 24-hours, start on September 1st. The movement encourages Twitch viewers to support the cause by not watching any streams or participating in any Twitch chat. Essentially, Twitch users should stay off the platform for the duration of the campaign.

Which streamers are supporting the #ADayOffTwitch protest?

Several streamers have proclaimed their support and will not be streaming today. These include Twitch partners like CypherofTyr, Limmy and ggGibi, led by RekItRaven, LuciaEverBlack and ShineyPen.

The cast and crew of Into The Mother Lands RPG show their support against hate raids
The cast and crew of Into The Mother Lands RPG show their support against hate raids. (Picture: Twitter)

Several other Twitch channels, both big and small, are also rallying behind the cause and have taken to Twitter to express their support, including:

You can read some of their accounts in the Twitter posts below.

A Twitch spokesperson told The Verge: "We support our streamers’ rights to express themselves and bring attention to important issues across our service. No one should have to experience malicious and hateful attacks based on who they are or what they stand for, and we are working hard on improved channel-level ban evasion detection and additional account improvements to help make Twitch a safer place for creators."

Twitch "working hard" on new channel-level ban evasion detection system for content creators
Twitch "working hard" on new channel-level ban evasion detection system for content creators. (Picture: Twitch)

Despite previously promising to resolve this emerging issue using new "channel-level evasion detection" tools for creators, Twitch has yet to provide a timeline for this feature rollout. In the interim, hate raids continue and marginalized streamers remain targeted by these attacks. Twitch, do better.

Don't forget to check out our dedicated Twitch section for news, streamer antics, drama, and more.

Header image via Twitch.