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Players on the Twitch platform called a live stream strike on Wednesday to protest the wave of racist and misogynistic harassment that many content creators are facing, and to call on the ever-popular streaming service to better protect them.

Players on the Twitch platform called a live stream strike on Wednesday to protest the wave of racist and misogynistic harassment that many content creators are facing, and to call on the ever-popular streaming service to better protect them.

“Today is #ADayOffTwitch (” a day without Twitch “, note) and frankly … It’s cathartic”, tweeted RekItRaven, a black player who had already launched in early August the slogan #TwitchDoBetter (Twitch must do better).

Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, receives more than 30 million visitors per day. Many of them watch games of video games with live commentary by the players themselves, and can interact with them and other spectators.

The “hate raids” on the rise

But in recent months, the phenomenon of “hate raids” – “hate raids” – has taken on an unprecedented scale, according to the victims. Their conversation windows are regularly and suddenly submerged by insults relating to their skin color, their sexual orientation, their religion … Even by calls to suicide or ultra violent images.

Raven and other content creators have come together to launch this strike. “We brought the date forward because it’s not just about harassment anymore. Targeted individuals see their personal information spread across Twitch. It was becoming dangerous, ”she told AFP.

A spokesperson for the platform told AFP that Twitch “supports the right of streamers to speak out and report important issues.”

“No one should have to suffer malicious attacks for who they are or their opinions, and we’re working hard to keep banned accounts out of the cracks, as well as on improvements to make Twitch safer for creators,” he detailed.

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