Twitch’s Jacuzzi Meta has caused a great deal of controversy over the past few months, and now Imane “Pokimane” Anys has decided to weigh it. In a recent stream, Just Chatting Pokimane took over Twitch to address the company’s lack of clarity as to the actual rules. The streamer argues that it is necessary to better understand what is and what is not allowed, otherwise the suggestive content may become much more common. The stream does not advocate a strict ban on the material, but she says there should be human moderators to ensure that the content is viewed more closely.
“People hope so much that you have to have someone who can just like a person go on a stream and be like, ah, that̵
Pokimane’s comments came shortly after Twitch, the head of creator development, Marcus “djWHEAT”, Graham for the meta. In a stream on April 28, djWHEAT said that the target itself did not violate the rules of the platform, but Twitch “will take action when notified.” From the sounds of her comments, Pokimane felt she was not going far enough, demanding that Twitch viewers control the streams, not those responsible.
Pokimane is just the latest streamer to weigh the jacuzzi meta dispute. Last month, Felix “xQc” Lengyel went to Twitter, where he identified the target as “garbage.” However, Rachel “Valkyrie” Hofstetter fell on the opposite side of the spectrum, arguing that the meta “does no harm to anyone” and questioned why some people seem to do so much of it.
It will be interesting to see where things go from here. With so many big names commenting on meta, it just seems a matter of time before the streaming service is forced to take bigger action to intervene. This may require direct effort from the platform, but time will tell if that will be the case.
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