Twitch officials are investigating the findings of a recent report that lists nearly 2,000 child predators that have been discovered using the streaming service.
To say that Twitch is having trouble would be a massive understatement. Twitch has been involved in numerous controversies, including banning gambling on its platform and dealing with problem streamers. While the most troubling development to date related to the platform may be the most recent report of child abuse.
The study claims that between October 2020 and August 2022 , child predators targeted 279,016 teenagers on Twitch, using an Amazon -owned corporation to target young streamers. It included 1,976 accounts that followed young streamers, hundreds of which followed at least 1,000 kids.
Tom Verrilli , Twitch’s head of product, reacted to the results by stating that “even a single exit is disgusting” and that if the research data is accurate, Twitch does not provide the degree of security it would like, calling it “deeply frustrating”.
Verrilli goes on to say that the platform does not currently allow users under the age of 13 and that it is actively working to ensure that Twitch does not harm children. Verrilli goes on to note that in order to “prevent users under the age of 13 from accessing Twitch,” Twitch “has invested heavily over the past two years to better stay ahead of criminals. ”
The report also states that the Twitch Law Enforcement Response Team, which partners with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ( NCMEC ) and Tech Coalition , an industry-wide alliance actively fighting online child molestation, has quadrupled since its study began in 2020. However, the Child Predator report raises concerns that Twitch’s current moderation tools and procedures may be inadequate.
Twitch is already mired in a number of controversies. It will be interesting to see how Twitch officials deal with such issues, from new gambling streams to reports of child abuse, as it will require significant changes.