Twitch has been the leading streaming platform for gamers of various interests. However, as is the case with all other online platforms which has a huge and diverse user base, a few bad apples are bound to make their presence noticed through chat comments. However, the new Twitch AutoMod promises to address this problem.
On Monday, Twitch has begun to implement its new AutoMod feature as a way to combat various forms of inappropriate comments, from insults, trolling attempts to even hate speech. Twitch AutoMod consists in an artificial intelligence algorithm which the company says it can offer its streamers more control over the comments of their viewers.
The AutoMod AI feature is among such tools used by a variety of online platforms. Most systems can identify comments which contain various forms of foul language, threats and hate speech. They can prevent these posts from showing up until they have been reviewed by a human moderator. However, Twitch AutoMod will enable broadcasters to decide the degree of controversy they allow on their comment section.
Ryan Kennedy, Twitch Moderation Lead, has stated that this is the company’s first attempt in empowering their streamers to impose a reliable baseline of what is an acceptable language for them in a fully automated system.
The AI chat filter system will be able not only to detect words but also various character strings or symbols which are used by commenters to bypass such filter systems. Twitch AutoMod comes in addition to the site’s already existing options for chat moderation such as the ability to create a code of conduct for its viewers. Streamers can even assign monitoring responsibilities to a number of their trusted followers.
Currently, the newly release Twitch AutoMod moderation tool is only available in English on the live platform. However, the company is currently beta testing versions in the more popular languages. The company initially tested the AutoMod system earlier in the year, when it was used to clean up the comment section of the streams of the both the Democratic and Republican conventions.
What do you think about Twitch AutoMod? Is this a violation of free speech? Or do streamers have the right to regulate their own comment section as they see fit?
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