Twitch planning to make changes to harsh new rules

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Yesterday the Twitch community was up in arms over some of the changes that had been introduced to Twitch. The main complaint fell on the website’s new system to censor unauthorised music in archived videos, which was muting 30 minute blocks of footage at a time. Twitch are listening, and they’re already planning to changes some things back.

The new monitoring system takes 30 minute chunks out of saved video and searches each for any audio that is being used without proper permission. If it finds any, even for just a second, the entire block is muted. On top of that, users can’t appeal decisions made by the automatic system yet, which is something Twitch is changing soon. In a Reddit AMA Twitch CEO Emmett Shear explained how some of the new features would be tweaked.

“Future plans: increase the scan resolution so that we don’t have to flag 30 minute chunks at a time, identify why things have been flagged, institute an appeals system, make sure there isn’t any original game music on the flagging list.”

That already addresses the majority of the issues people had with the new system. Reduce the scan size, allow for appeals and don’t ban official game soundtracks that could be flagged. When asked about whether Twitch would allow users to use copyrighted music and share profits, Shear explained that it’s a feature they would like to implement.

“We’re working on providing the ability to ‘accept the claim’ and share monetization, but that might take a long time.”

The real question on everyone’s mind though, which could potentially decide the future of Twitch, was whether this monitoring would ever reach live streams. Thankfully, that’s never going to happen.

“We have no plans at all for this to expand to live content. Even if we could run this on live this second, we absolutely would not.”

I don’t think many can be angry that these systems have been implemented, but it is refreshing to see that Twitch realise their automatic flagging has a few bugs to iron out. It’s definitely looking a lot better than the situation yesterday already.

Last Updated: August 8, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

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