The live streaming platform updated its community guidelines on 7 April.
Twitch’s community guidelines are in place to keep the streaming platform a safe and welcoming place for all. It has made multiple adjustments to its guidelines over the course of its existence, especially to its Nudity and Attire Policy. The most recent changes see the guidelines on this subject made clearer and easier for streamers to understand.
— Twitch (@Twitch) April 7, 2020
According to Twitch, the updated guidelines stem from community complaints that the previously-existing rules weren’t clear enough. The site has taken notice of the fact that “more detail is needed for streams like body art or outdoor streams”, and focused the amendment on what it expects to be worn as a standard, as opposed to banning certain clothing.
For example, women now need to cover their under-bust and nipples when streaming, while the lower body from the waist to the bottom of the buttocks must be covered by everyone, and augmented reality avatars should be following the same guidelines as human counterparts.
However, Twitch has noted that in some situations, more exposure can happen. The policy update mentioned that body art and IRL (in real life) streamers visiting pools or beaches should not be penalised for partial nudity.
Breastfeeding is also an exception, as long as the genitals and nipples are covered.
Those wishing to read the full policy update can do so via Twitch’s official blog.