How Twitch Detects Underage Users

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The streaming service is improving its tools for detecting cases of harassment in the application

How Twitch detects underage users

Twitch indicated that it has deepened its collaboration with institutions that report to the platform on user behavior. (photo: Streamer Basics)

The streaming platform Twitch announced through its website that it is beginning the process of identification of accounts that belong to users under 13 years of age for security reasons.

In addition, the statement indicates that their identification methods >were improved so that this process ends in the deletion of accounts of minors and can also block to users who were previously suspended for being identified as underage.

Changes within the platform occur after a report on < b>Bloomberg will talk about the possibility of finding sexual predators within the application. This document, which was published in September of this year, analyzed 1,976 accounts whose set of followed accounts included profiles of minors .

How does it detect Twitch to underage users

Twitch monitored a total of 1,976 accounts whose set of followed accounts included underage profiles. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo

According to the media report, a total of 279,016 people were harassed by predators on this platform.

In addition, this function will have as a complement the obligation to carry out a verification with a telephone number, so that that the system cannot be tricked by users in the case of “potentially vulnerable accounts” before they start broadcasting live.

This function will also serve as a way to prevent users from lying when registering their age on the platform.

How Twitch detects underage users

Twitch is removing from its service all user profiles that have behavior that identifies them as under 13 years of age. (Getty Images)

More attention to minor user reports

Although Twitch is attempting to remove users under the age of 13 from the platform, this does not imply neglecting those who were not detected. In its official publication, the streaming service indicated that it will have an update in its moderation policies to give priority to all reports that are registered as coming from accounts under the age of age.

The message blocking option has also been enabledunknown in the case of users in general. Similarly, searches for “certain terms” were prohibited by the platform, although it did not indicate which terms referred to. p>

“These updates are not exhaustive and they are not the end of our efforts (…) Much of what we have been doing and what we have planned should remain on private to be effective,” the post on the Twitch website said.

How does it detect Twitch to underage users

Twitch indicated that it has deepened its collaboration with institutions that report to the platform on user behavior. (Twitch)

Collaborations with special organizations

In their statement, Twitch indicated that it has deepened its collaboration with institutions that report to the platform on user behavior, which involves those practices related to the harassment of minors in other sectors so that In this way, the ability to monitor the behavior of users who show signs of harassment can be increased.

In that sense, also An artificial intelligence called Spirit AI has been acquired that allows processing in real time the texts that are written on the platform with the aim of establishing a certain standard of moderation < /b>and protect users from terms or phrases harmful to them

“To stay ahead of predators and bad actors, collaboration is critical”, indicates the platform, which also recalls that anyone who has information about a case of harassment involving the service can report rtar it.

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