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Twitch’s “Boost” feature has been disabled following the discovery of porn on the homepage

Several people on Twitter and Reddit posted screenshots of obscene visuals that appeared at the top of their “Live channels we think you’ll like” segments.

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Twitch's Boost feature suspended due to Pornographic content on Homepage

Twitch has suspended its Boost Train feature, which the platform introduced last month and allowed users to pay to promote broadcasts, following porn appearing on users’ homepages with the phrase “sponsored by the streamer’s community” plastered on the NSFW (not safe for work) images.

Several people on Twitter and Reddit posted screenshots of obscene visuals that appeared at the top of their “Live channels we think you’ll like” segments. The thumbnails imply that the broadcasts were there as a result of an experimental feature initially disclosed by Twitch last year. The function has evolved since it was initially offered, but the essential principle remains the same, which is that users may pay to have a stream shown in front of people’s eyes. In this scenario, the content that appeared was just not permitted on Twitch.

It’s difficult to call it money spent purposefully unless the Twitch users supporting the streams were intentionally seeking to have the function turned off or the streamers in trouble. Accounts included in the most popular porn screenshots that appeared on users’ homepages were all suspended for breaking Twitch’s Community Guidelines. 

Twitch broadcaster Zach Bussey published a couple of tweets on Reddit and Twitter that revealed the porn appearing on their landing pages.

“We’ve chosen to halt Boost Train owing to certain safety concerns that arose throughout the experiment,” a Twitch representative stated. “Our experiments help us learn and develop even better tools for the community, and we’re utilising the feedback from this trial to guide future releases.” The spokesperson added, “We’ll share additional updates with our community around new features to help improve discoverability, as available.” According to our community standards, sexually explicit content, including pornography, is not permitted on Twitch,” he said further.

While Twitch did not explicitly state that the program has been halted due to the reports, it appears that they had a role in the decision. When asked if the feature would return or be modified, Twitch only responded with a reiteration that it was on hold for the time being.

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