Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Strip show, others banned by Twitch after PS4 live-streaming

One of the PlayStation 4's hyped features is the ability to stream live gameplay to the live video streaming platform Twitch. However, when Sony said gameplay, they didn't mean this sort of activity. A husband live-streamed about 15 minutes of video showing his drunk, presumably unconscious wife -- and her breasts. Twitch took quick steps, banning the account and issuing a statement that Ars Technica posted on Monday.

While the couple, with the handle Darckobra, was quickly banned by Twitch, it's unclear what will happen to the husband in this case. Certainly, one would assume -- though we could be wrong -- that his wife won't take well to her exposure on the Internet, especially since "what goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet."

The streaming functionality comes via The Playroom, a pre-installed PS4 app.

In a statement provided to the media, Twitch said:
Twitch has a very strict terms of service policy which is outlined here. We are very vigilant about removing content that breaks the TOS guidelines and depending on the severity of the violation we will either ban or suspend accounts. In addition to our own efforts, the Twitch community is unique in that it likes to flag content they suspect or know is a breach of our TOS.
Twitch also tweeted:
FYI: We continue to moderate according to our Terms of Service. Non-gaming content is not allowed. Non-gaming content (c): If using PS4 Playroom, the content must be about games or gaming and within our ToS. Thanks for understanding. Discussing gaming is gaming content. There are numerous such channels on Twitch, such as One More Game.
While Darckobra's content was probably the most "offensive" of the offending videos, others were also banned. One channel, though, The Spartan Show, remains up, possibly because it has game-related content (it is an impromptu call-in show that has already attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers).

It's also a fact that The Spartan Show has some important viewers, which may prevent a takedown. Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, tweeted that he was watching the show.

We wouldn't expect Yoshida to tweet the same about any Darckobra content.

This isn't really a new problem for Twitch or any other Internet live-streaming service. However, with more than a million new PS4 owners, many of whom are trying out The PlayRoom's functionality, the problem has been exacerbated.

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