After months of harassment of marginalized streaming media, Twitch sued two users for allegedly violating its terms of service and carrying out so-called hate attacks on streaming media platforms.
Twitch’s lawsuit named two defendants, Twitch users CruzzControl and Creatine Overdose, and claimed that they were responsible for some of the recent “hate attacks” on Twitch. The term refers to malicious actors using the platform’s “raid” feature to send hate messages to creators’ chats, usually using bot accounts.
inside complainTwitch, which filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, stated that it has “expended a lot of resources” to investigate and ban the two users and implement updated security measures. However, the company stated that both parties continued to engage in “illegal, fraudulent and highly offensive activities” and violated Twitch’s terms of service.The lawsuit originated from wired.
Twitch stated that it found that the CruzzControl account was “responsible for nearly 3,000 bot accounts related to hate attacks,” and stated that both accounts had created software codes to carry out automated hate attacks and to prevent Twitch from blocking bot accounts from entering the platform. When submitting the application, Twitch was unable to confirm the identity of the account owner, but stated that CruzzControl is located in the Netherlands and CreatineOverdose is located in Austria.
“We hope this complaint can clarify the personal identities behind these attacks and the tools they use, discourage them from using similar behaviors for other services, and help end these malicious attacks against our community members,” a Twitch spokesperson said via electronic The email said to Polygon.
Hate and harassment are long-standing problems on Twitch, but marginalized creators have Reported recent rise In the harassment and hate attacks against them. In response, a group of anchors organized a strike to protest the increase in hatred and called on Amazon-owned platforms to better protect its marginalized creators.
“This is a show of sincerity from Twitch. So many people have been affected by this, and anyone who commits these actions should not be satisfied with anonymity,” Reketit Raven, the organizer behind the strike, told Polygon on Twitter. “However, there are many aspects to this problem, and we need to understand that people are still being hurt.”