Twitch bans the words ‘Simp’ and ‘Virgin’

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As part of a continuous process of redecoration his policy around intimidation and hateful behavior, Twitch announced on Wednesday that the words’ simp ‘,’ incel,And “virgins” are no longer allowed on the platform as long as they are used by streamers and commentators as insults. When used in a kind way, the words are probably still okay to use.

In a statement, a Twitch spokesperson said The edge that the platform is planning take action against the use of those termsespecially when used to refer negatively to someone else’s sexual practices. “ Only use the terms in a way that doesn’t actively offend other users, the spokesperson added, would not lead to enforcement, but we would take action if they were used repeatedly in an intimidating way.

The new rules become official come into effect on January 22, and will include stricter policies around sexual harassment. Among the other new prohibited behaviors are “Making derogatory statements about someone else’s alleged sexual practices or sexual morals“And “Repeatedly negatively target another person with sexually oriented terms, such as ‘whore’ or ‘virgin’.”

During the live-streamed town hall on Wednesday afternoon, Twitch COO Sara Clemens said terms like ‘simp’, ‘incel’ and ‘virgin’ are specifically not allowed because they are often used as’ insults to refer negatively to the sexual activity of another.Clemens also noted that the platform will monitor emotes, one Nerve twitching-specific set of emoticons, for the prohibited terms, and will remove them when reported.

In June, Twitch said it did “Committed to continuing our efforts to make Twitch a safer environment” after the platform finally started paying with the wave of sexual harassment and hateful content complaints that had long plagued it.

While there is no word on how the moderators will enforce the new ban, they will get their work done; there are a lot of people calling each other simps on twitch.