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Scroll through the In Real Life IRL section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are a growing band of young women wearing revealing clothing while they game.
Some go further and entertain fans by dancing or by doing a series of suggestive exercises, like squats, to tempt people to subscribe to their channel or to hand over Twitch's micro-currency - bits. Dubbed "booby streamers" these young women have been a feature of Twitch for years but their s have grown ificantly over the last few months, prompting a wave of complaints.
On social media many parents have posted messages about what their younger children are seeing when they visit the site, expressing alarm at how much of a screen supposedly showing in-game action is focused on a woman's body. In recent weeks, high-profile streamers have complained about Twitch's tolerance of these women and for doing a "poor job" of policing the growing amount of sexual content on the site.
The complaints have prompted a crackdown on women streamers who sell sexual services via their Twitch bio. Some have been suspended or banned for a few days and been made to purge links to places such as Twitch booby streamers where explicit pictures and shows could be bought.
Some say this is not enough. The "overtly sexual" behaviour on display breaks rules governing what Twitch has said is acceptable. Mr Bonnell is one of a small of streamers with large, dedicated audiences that have quizzed Twitch about why it is not enforcing the letters of its laws - specifically its community guidelines.
Originally, said Mr Bonnell, the IRL section was for streamers who were recording events, such as attending a convention, that did not involve them Twitch booby streamers a video game. Twitch is a live, video-streaming service focussed on broadcasting people playing computer games. Recent estimates suggest it has 15 million daily active users and more than 2. It has now broadened the content it shows and many artists, board gamers, role-players and others use it to show what they are up to.
Twitch grew out of Justin. Streamer Amouranth said the slew of complaints and comment on social media had led Twitch to step up its enforcement efforts. It has handed out short-term suspensions to streamers reported to be breaking the guidelines. Now, she said, many would welcome more clarity on what is and is not permitted on Twitch. Without that, she said, the reason someone had been suspended can be hard to understand. Her comments were echoed by streamer Anne Munition who said Twitch needed to be more explicit about what counted as acceptable behaviour in many differentnot just those involving "sexual streamers".
The lack of clarity was having an effect on all streamers, said Ms Munition, and could lead to harassment and abuse from fans.
A spokesman for Twitch said it did not comment on individual bans nor on whether it had been more active in enforcing its rules of conduct. He said: "We give our community freedom to express themselves as long as they adhere to our community guidelines.
He added: "If inappropriate behaviour is observed, we encourage viewers to report it since our moderation team reviews all cases. Mr Bonnell said commercial considerations may eventually determine whether Twitch clarifies what the site is for. Advertisers who see their content running against the controversial streams may soon start to object, he said.
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