Twitch, one of the popular live broadcasting platforms, removed the TwitchCop emote, the police testimony that whistling for abuse. Considering that the removed icon is a drawing of a police whistle, it may have a connection with recent events. As you know, the #BlackLivesMatter campaign was launched worldwide, after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer.
It should not be forgotten that there may always be people looking for opportunities somewhere, even if the supporters of the campaign are in the majority. With these assumptions, there is a strong possibility that the expression is removed to eliminate the possibility that these people will be used against black publishers in a provocative or other disturbing way.
TwitchCop emote removed to prevent abuse by Twitch
Emoticons are small images that can be used in Twitch posts or private messages. It is known as a series of thumbnails created by Twitch that can be used for all posts, as well as publishers can create for their subscribers and followers.
TwitchCop icon was included in Twitch global statements with a vote in 2017. Although it has been removed from the official list, it is still possible to view it via a cached URL. It is not yet clear whether it will be added again in the future.
A spokesperson for Twitch told The Verge: “We made the decision to proactively pull down the TwitchCop emote to prevent misuse. We are constantly evaluating our policies to ensure we are addressing emerging behaviors and language on our platform.”
Unfortunately, one of the problems of large platforms that appeal to large communities is that bad people can also enter these communities. It is important to take early measures and take precautions to prevent such people from causing annoying events.
How do we prevent situations like this in multiplayer games?
In today’s popular multiplayer games, similar measures are frequently taken and updated. Chat blocks containing banned words (racist discourse, swearing and insult, humiliation) can be reported by other players in games such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, Rocket League, League of Legends. Third-party software developed for game control automatically performs a gradual penalty process if chat blocks containing these words are reported.