The live streaming service Twitch is updating its ban against insults to include a set of newer slang words commonly associated with inappropriate behavior toward women.
In an update to its harassment policy, the company stated that it will prohibit the use of terms such as “simp”, “incel” and “virgin”, specifically when they are used to negatively refer to someone else’s sexual practices.
“Using these terms alone will not lead to their enforcement, but we will take action if they are used repeatedly in an harassing way,” she added, adding that emoji referring to these words will also be subject to implementation.
The Cambridge Dictionary defined the word “incel” as the bearer of Involuntary Celibate, while Merriam Webster noted that “simp” has changed in modern usage from a simple meaning to a fictitiously likable person, often having an Internet character like Twitch Streamer.
Twitch said it determines if something is slanderous if the commonly used language degrades or distorts adjective based on a protected characteristic.
“When we assess the use of hateful slander, we take context into account, and make an exception to use certain words or terms in an empowering way, or as terms of affiliation when that intention is clear. We are enforcing against the use of hateful slurs worldwide and in multiple languages.
The new policy comes into effect on January 22 next year, so only content created on or after this date will be subject to the new guidelines.
Twitch explained that rolling out the policy later was to avoid punishment, giving users time to learn about changes aimed at better protecting the community.
Although the company does not make public the details of its enforcement measures, penalties may include warnings and suspensions ranging from one to 30 days or permanent bans in severe cases.
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