Twitch’s new boost feature puts porn on the homepage

Twitch has paused its Boost Train feature, which launched last month and let people pay to promote streams.

Why? It happens after porn ended up on users’ homepages with the label “promoted by the streamer’s community” slapped onto the NSFW thumbnails

Several Twitter and Reddit users (NSFW links, by the way) shared screenshots of pornographic thumbnails that showed up at the front of their “Live channels we think you’ll like” sections.

Unless the Twitch users promoting the streams were explicitly trying to get the feature shut off, or get the creator in trouble

Three accounts have been featured in the most popular screenshots of porn showing up on users’ homepages, and they have all been suspended for violating Twitch’s Community Guidelines.

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Twitch’s rules prohibit “Nudity and sexually explicit content or activities,” and the thumbnails contained... Well, basically all of that. We’ve also seen how unwanted attention can harm marginalized streamers, which would have also been a concern had the feature lived on.

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Kunal Kashyap, Backdroid.com

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