Twitch’s Controversial Audio-Recognition System Will Not Target Live Streams

Twitch has issued a statement to assure everyone that the popular streaming platform will not be enforcing audio-recognition for live streams.

Yesterday the streaming community went up in flames when it was revealed that Twitch would be issuing audio-recognition.

Music being played in the background would trigger the effect where 30 minutes of that part of the video would be then automatically muted, permanently.

According to CEO Emmett Shear, the audio-recognition system is just for archived videos and not live streams.

Speaking in an AMA on Reddit, Shear faced a lot of hostility for implementing the controversial system from YouTube which would ban videos playing licensed music.

Shear clarified that Twitch has “no intention” of cracking down on live streams.

“We have no intention whatsoever of bringing audio-recognition to live streams on Twitch,” he wrote. “This is a VOD-only [VOD stands for video on demand, an archived video] change for Twitch.”

He also noted that the system is to protect its streamers. “Believe me or not, I have no desire whatsoever to hurt or piss off the Twitch community. We wouldn’t do this if I thought there was a better way. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, there isn’t.”

Regarding recent cases where players got their videos muted for in-game music, Shear said that it was an accident. The system is designed to pick up only licensed songs and currently has some bugs which causes it to register in-game music incorrectly.

Twitch has now implemented an appeal system through which people can contact Twitch if they feel they got their video inappropriately muted.