Twitch stops premium channel promotion after people pay for porn on homepage

In October 2021, Twitch began testing a new feature that would allow viewers to pay to boost streaming channels to the site’s homepage to increase their exposure. The experiment is now over, at least for now, as troublemakers are using the system to push porn to the top.

Boosting initially debuted in December 2020, using free channel credits, pooled by viewers during community challenges. “When the boost challenge is successfully completed, we’ll promote your stream to highly visible sections of Twitch, such as ‘Live Channels We Think You’ll Love,'” Boost This Stream FAQ explain. “Promoting your feed can help increase your visibility and attract new audiences.”