Twitch's previous policy on the "n-word" is unclear, at one point streamers would have to add it to their filtered word list, Twitch does have their own global word filter which streamers were able to opt-out of. It is not clear if this clarification is a change in policy.
In a tweet Twitch said: "Use (of the "n-word") with a hard R is not allowed, period. We also automatically block the word across Twitch including in chat."
They also stated their aim of censoring those that use racial slurs to attack others.
"Additionally, regardless of spelling or pronunciation, slurs used for the purpose of hate or harassment are not allowed."
We’ve had questions about the use of the N word on Twitch. Use with a hard R is not allowed, period. We also automatically block the word across Twitch including in chat.— Twitch (@Twitch) December 19, 2020
The announcement comes on the back of the controversial move to include words such as "simp", "incels", and "virgins" as derogatory words, worthy of censure when used "to harass and harm community members."
Few, at least vocally, will look to defend Twitch's latest move, conversely, this is something that should have been done years ago.
Twitch is aware of some of the misunderstandings and real missteps in their recent communications and are making efforts to make things clearer for both streamers and viewers, in that spirit they intend to host a creator camp on the 20th January to field questions on their new "Hateful Conduct & Harassment Policy" which is due to be brought in at a similar time.