Twitch is taking legal action against users allegedly responsible for hate raids

By Kyle Campbell (GLHF)

Hate raids are an enormous ongoing problem on Twitch, and the streaming platform is suing some of the people allegedly behind it, Wired  reported Thursday. Specifically for “targeting black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassing content.” 

“We hope this Complaint will shed light on the identity of the individuals behind these attacks and the tools that they exploit, and dissuade them from taking similar behaviors to other services, and help put an end to these vile attacks against members of our community,” Twitch said via Wired

Twitch filed a suit with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that targets two users. The actual identities of these individuals are unknown, but both apparently live in Europe. The suit states, “They evaded Twitch’s bans by creating new, alternate Twitch accounts, and continually altering their self-described ‘hate raid code’ to avoid detection and suspension by Twitch.”

While this doesn’t mean hate raids are a thing of the past just yet, several content creators on the platform think it’s a step in the right direction. Keep in mind that some of the tweets below contain NSFW language, so be careful when reading ahead.

“I feel hopeful,” RekitRaven, a streamer that helped organize the #ADayOffTwitch movement, said via Wired. “The people who are behind this need to be held accountable for their actions. They’ve terrorized hundreds if not thousands of people. If this were to happen in a physical location we’d expect the same. It shouldn’t be any different online.”

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF

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