Mashable: Twitch says user passwords weren’t compromised in huge data leak

Mashable: Twitch says user passwords weren’t compromised in huge data leak . “Earlier in October, pretty much the entirety of Twitch was hacked and leaked onto the internet. Apparently, passwords weren’t included, though. That’s what Twitch says, anyway. The streaming site issued an update on Friday in the aftermath of the big hack, saying that user passwords, credit cards, and banking info weren’t accessed by the hackers.”

The Verge: Twitch source code and creator payouts part of massive leak

The Verge: Twitch source code and creator payouts part of massive leak. “Twitch appears to have been hacked, leaking source code for the company’s streaming service, an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, and details of creator payouts. An anonymous poster on the 4chan messaging board has released a 125GB torrent, which they claim includes the entirety of Twitch and its commit history.”

NBC News: Twitch releases new safety feature amid scrutiny over ‘hate raids’

NBC News: Twitch releases new safety feature amid scrutiny over ‘hate raids’. “Phone-verified chats will allow targeted creators to have more control over who can participate in their communities, Twitch said in a blogpost Wednesday. The move will require all or some users to verify phone their numbers before they can participate in streamers’ chats, which could help reduce targeted attacks by bots. Once users verify the phone numbers to their accounts, they will not need to verify them again for other channels.”

Wired: Twitch Sues Users Over Alleged ‘Hate Raids’ Against Streamers

Wired: Twitch Sues Users Over Alleged ‘Hate Raids’ Against Streamers. “SINCE EARLY AUGUST, Twitch has been wrestling with an epidemic of harassment against marginalized streamers known as ‘hate raids.’ These attacks spam streamers’ chats with hateful and bigoted language, amplified dozens of times a minute by bots. On Thursday, after a month trying and failing to combat the tactic, Twitch resorted to the legal system, suing two alleged hate raiders for ‘targeting black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassing content’ in violation of its terms of service.”

Wired: Twitch And Reddit Protests May Be Only the Beginning

Wired: Twitch And Reddit Protests May Be Only the Beginning. “HOW MUCH POWER do users have to influence the ways tech companies govern their platforms? This week, prominent Twitch and Reddit users separately coordinated two platform-shaking actions with the goal of making the digital spaces they work and play in safer. In the latter case, at least, it appears they’ve already seen results.”

Daily Wildcat: Why Twitch streaming is so addictive

Daily Wildcat: Why Twitch streaming is so addictive. “Clearly, there is an appeal to video game streaming, but what exactly is up with the hype? Well, I could ask the exact same question to someone who watches football games. What the two forms of entertainment have in common is gratification for the viewer. And luckily for us, there have been scientific studies conducted that illustrate the influence that gratification has, especially within a gaming setting.”

Gamespot: Streamlabs Introduces Tool To Help Streamers Filter Out Hate And Harassment

Gamespot: Streamlabs Introduces Tool To Help Streamers Filter Out Hate And Harassment. “Safe Mode works from within Streamlabs to protect a streamer’s feed and live chat from malicious users. In essence, the tool provides a number of restrictions and filters that grant more control over who can interact with a stream. You can select as many or as few of these options as you’d like, and they run the gamut from features already implemented in Twitch like emote-only chat to new features like clearing all recent events and queued raid alerts.”

CNN: Black and LGBTQ streamers on Twitch boycotted the platform after repeated ‘hate raids’

CNN: Black and LGBTQ streamers on Twitch boycotted the platform after repeated ‘hate raids’. “One preliminary report from Twitch journalist Zach Bussey showed at one point Wednesday that 5,000 fewer users were streaming and 500,000 fewer viewers were watching than at the same time just one week earlier. Now, the organizers are hoping that Twitch heeds their demands and enacts new policies to protect them.”

Facebook Gaming vs. Twitch vs. YouTube Gaming: What’s the Best Live Game Streaming Platform? (Make Tech Easier)

Make Tech Easier: Facebook Gaming vs. Twitch vs. YouTube Gaming: What’s the Best Live Game Streaming Platform?. “If you watch games, you have probably used or heard of Twitch, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube Gaming and may be wondering which is the best and how they compare. Here we pit the three titans of game streaming up against one another to decide which is best live game streaming platform.”

The Verge: How to stop a hate raid

The Verge: How to stop a hate raid. “Hate raids happen with little warning. A streamer will get a follow notification and instead of feeling joy that a new person has joined their community, dread sets in as their chat suddenly erupts into an uncontrollable geyser of hateful messages. Hate raids have infested Twitch over the last few weeks, primarily targeting marginalized streamers making life on the platform so miserable many are considering abandoning it altogether.” An infuriating example of a user community relying on itself after the parent company fails to deliver. Remember, Twitch is owned by Amazon. And Amazon was sitting on something like $68 billion in cash reserves as of January. This is not a case of a scrappy startup not having the resources.

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay. “During an Aug. 6 broadcast, the Twitch streamer RekItRaven — who is Black and uses they/them pronouns — emotionally described a series of traumatic, real-life experiences that informed who they are today. In response, viewers in chat told Raven that they were ‘loved.’ This made what happened next especially hurtful. About 20 minutes later, Raven’s chat was suddenly flooded by dozens of users spamming the same message, which read in part: ‘This channel now belongs to the KKK.’ It was the second time that had happened in just one week.”

HuffPost: Female Twitch Streamers Spend Their Lives Online. Predators Are Watching.

HuffPost: Female Twitch Streamers Spend Their Lives Online. Predators Are Watching.. “There’s no social media platform where women are safe from sexual harassment. Mobs of misogynist trolls have chased countless women and girls off of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and lesser known sites. But when it comes to streaming on Twitch, women are exceptionally vulnerable to this kind of abuse, which has become normalized as an intrinsic part of their experience both on- and off-platform, regardless of the nature of their content.”

TechCrunch: Streamlabs launches Crossclip, a new tool for sharing Twitch clips to TikTok, Instagram and YouTube

TechCrunch: Streamlabs launches Crossclip, a new tool for sharing Twitch clips to TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. “The company behind ubiquitous livestreaming software Streamlabs is introducing a new way for streamers to share their gaming highlights to platforms well beyond Twitch. Streamlabs calls the new tool Crossclip, and it’s available now as an iOS app and as a lightweight web tool.”