Nearly 300,000 children have been targeted by predators on Twitch: report

An independent investigation into popular online streaming platform Twitch has revealed several disturbing reports of child predator behavior. About 280,000 children were targeted over a period of almost two years.

Reader discretion is advised, as this article contains references to child abuse.

The independent investigation, conducted by Bloomberg, identified the massive targeting of children by child predators, who allegedly coerce young streamers into committing lewd acts live. According to the results, it was discovered that around 2,000 users specifically followed younger streamers during the 22-month research period.

Of those nearly 2,000 users, hundreds of them exclusively followed more than 1,000 child streamers, which the researchers said indicated “many exist primarily to catalog, watch, and manipulate children.”

In an official statement to Bloomberg, Twitch said, “Preventing child abuse is one of our most fundamental responsibilities as a company. We do not allow children under the age of 13 to use Twitch, and prevent preventing our service from being used for harmful purposes is one of our highest priorities.

Twitch has recently come under fire for showing crypto gambling livestream content.

“We know that online platforms can be used to harm children, and we have made significant investments over the past two years to better stay ahead of bad actors and prevent any user under the age of 13. years of accessing Twitch,” the statement continued. . Twitch’s policy, if it checks for potential predation or child grooming, is to notify the appropriate authorities and initiate an investigation of the alleged groomer’s “network”, which includes any alternative accounts or non-child accounts. with which the accused can interact.

Twitch has in recent years increased the size of its investigative teams, including partnerships with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Twitch also confirmed that it has “numerous additional updates in development” to prevent and prevent children from signing up to the platform, as well as to increase detection rates for potential predators.

The timing of this report could not have been worse. Twitch is currently under fire, having recently cut the revenue stream of its top performers, which has enraged streamers around the world. The cut is so severe (20% after the first $100,000 earned) that many are vocally suggesting switching to YouTube.

New York Post

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