Twitch halts paid advertising feature after porn hits front page

WTF?! There are certainties in life: death, taxes and porn on the internet. It seems that the last twitch has come to mind. The live streaming giant was forced to disable its paid channel boost feature after explicit content was splashed all over its front page.

Twitch’s channel boosting feature has been around since December 2020. It initially worked with free channel points earned by viewers during community challenges. The Boost Reward promoted streams to prominent parts of Twitch, allowing more people to discover streamers, their content, and their community.

That all sounds well and good, but few were happy with the announcement of paid boosts. These turned Boost this Stream into a paid feature, allowing people to pay for the boosts and bring channels to the front page. Even the streamers themselves could pay for boosts, giving content creators who already have a lot of followers/money an unfair advantage.

PC gamers notes that while Paid Boosts ended in late 2021, it was replaced in early March by Boost Train, a similar feature that allows viewers to boost channels by purchasing subscriptions and Bits. But it didn’t take long for people to notice that adult content was making the front page of Twitch.

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streamers @thenoosh22 featured a pornographic image on Twitch’s most prominent page that included the tag “Community Sponsored”. The channel in question livestreamed explicit material. It was banned but that didn’t stop another porn channel as discovered by a streamer Zach Busseyfrom taking advantage of the feature and ending up on the front page of Twitch.

Twitch says it has now paused Boost Train due to security issues — or in other words, because it wanted the service to be less like Pornhub.

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Mike Fahey

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