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Twitch’s bans for off-platform behavior in the name of ‘protection’ look like more high-tech censorship

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It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. In that metaphor, if the brick and mortar is good intention, then the signposts that lead to the road are all misleading advertisements. Twitch, which is easily the largest live streaming service in the world, announced that it would be making serious moves to monitor the behavior of its streamers, even off-platform and offline, and ban those who pose a “substantial safety risk” to the Twitch community. Offenses like violence and extremism, credible threats of mass violence, sexual harassment and exploitation, but also more vague ones like membership of “hate groups” are all listed as punishable. Twitch says it would even be going so far as to hire private investigators to look into people.

Now, that wording makes it sound like a good thing: the platform is going beyond the call of duty to protect its users.

However, then they say they’ve done this before, “historically.” And as media reports are........

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