Twitch AutoMod Filters Hateful Content to Ensure a Clean Chat

By   /   Dec 13, 2016

The world’s leading streaming platform is launching an automated program called Twitch AutoMod that offers more control on the nightmarish chat window.

The chat on Twitch, especially during live-streams, is mostly always filled to the brim with hateful speech. Users can often be seen spamming the chat with useless remarks or laughing off inappropriate comments directed at the streamer.

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Twitch AutoMod promises to curb such ugly situations. Using special algorithms and technology similar to Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now, AutoMod streams through incoming comments to understanding the intent. The language processing is real-time and ungentlemanly content removed at the spot.

However, do not expect the tool to be completely efficient. As it is with machine learning, AutoMod will grow smarter with time. The more content it processes, the better it understands what to censor. Internet trolls are likely to discover ways of bypassing the red tape.

“We equip streamers with a robust set of tools and allow them to appoint trusted moderators straight from their communities to protect the integrity of their channels,” Twitch moderation lead Ryan Kennedy said. “This allows creators to focus more on producing great content and managing their communities. By combining the power of humans and machine learning, AutoMod takes that a step further. For the first time ever, we’re empowering all of our creators to establish a reliable baseline for acceptable language and around the clock chat moderation.”

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Twitch streamers can check out the new automated moderator now. In addition to English, AutoMod also has a beta that works with Arabic, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

The Twitch platform caters to more than 100 million monthly viewers with over 2 million broadcasters. Those are mighty figures for the streaming community. As such, it’s impossible for mere humans to keep the daily high volumes of comments in check.

While the video site is pretty excited with the new automation direction, we’ll need to see results before we can agree on calling Twitch the “leader in moderation”.