Twitch’s “Hot Tub Meta” has generated a lot of controversy over the past few months, and now Imane “Pokimane” Anys has decided to weigh up. On a recent Just Chatting stream, Pokimane Twitch hit because the company was unclear about the actual rules. The streamer claims that there is a need to better understand what is allowed and what is not, otherwise suggestive content could appear much more frequently. The streamer did not advocate a strict content ban, but argued that human moderators are required to ensure content is viewed more closely.
“People follow the line so much that you have to have someone who as a person can just walk into a stream and say, ah, that’s suggestive and something to be done about it. It doesn’t mean a ban. Do something about it so that not just suggestive streams take over the entire platform, ”Pokimane said. An excerpt from Pokimane’s comments can be found. Here.
Pokimane’s comments came to the meta shortly after comments from Twitch’s Creation Development Manager, Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham. In a feed on April 28, djWHEAT said the meta itself isn’t against the platform’s rules, but Twitch will “take action if it’s reported to us”. From the sound of his comments, Pokimane believes this is not going far enough, forcing Twitch viewers to monitor the feeds, not the maintainers.
Pokimane is fair The newest streamer to weigh the spa meta-controversy. Last month, Felix “xQc” Lengyel took to Twitter where he called the meta “junk”. Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter has fallen on the other side of the spectrum, however, arguing that the meta “doesn’t hurt anyone,” wondering why some people seem to make it so big.
It will be interesting to see where things go from here. With so many notable streamers commenting on the meta, it seems like only a matter of time before the streaming service is forced to take bigger steps to step in. It may take a direct effort on the part of the platform, but time will tell if it does.
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