How to get banned on Twitch as a streamer

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Streaming on Twitch is a great way to connect with your fans and build a following, but you have to follow the rules of the platform. Failure to do so may result in permanent loss of your streaming and Twitch rights.

What happens if you get banned?

Getting banned from Twitch as a content creator can be a crushing blow. Not being able to stream can be a major loss of income. It may also leave your viewers wondering what happened. If you’re lucky enough to have a strong fan base, you can use other social media networks to let your followers know about the situation and what you plan to do next.

One of the biggest downsides to getting banned is that Twitch doesn’t have to reveal the reason. They can simply point out that you’ve violated their terms of service and leave it at that. This can be incredibly frustrating as you may not know what you did wrong. You can request a forbid professionbut there is no guarantee that it will succeed.

Twitch may issue a temporary ban, which usually lasts between one and 30 days. They may also issue a permanent ban meaning you will never be allowed to stream on the platform again. They can disable your account, preventing you from accessing most of the platform’s features, including watching other streamers, messaging in chat, and showing yourself in someone else’s live stream.

The latter is important to remember as you could potentially get someone else banned for appearing in their stream. As harsh as it may sound, you will be completely banned all over Twitch until you are no longer banned. Bans are also IP based so there is no point in creating a new account.

Inappropriate content

One of the most common reasons streamers get banned on Twitch is broadcasting inappropriate content. This includes nudity, sexual acts, violence, weapons and illegal substances and acts. Not only are you not allowed to broadcast these things, but you are also not allowed to promote them in any way.

This means that you should not talk about illegal drugs, even if you are not using them, as it could be seen as advertising them. Discussing or demonstrating acts of violence and threats is also prohibited, both physical and non-physical violence. You are not allowed to solicit, bully or express any form of hate.

In short, if you do or show anything that is clearly offensive, disturbing or inappropriate, you will likely be banned. To play it safe, treat your audience like they’re kids. If there’s something you don’t want a child to hear, don’t show or say it on the stream either.

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Copyright Infringement

As for copyright infringement, you should follow Twitch’s Guidelines for Disclosure of Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Music Guidelines† They give you up to three strikes before they permanently ban you from the platform. This includes playing unlicensed music, using someone else’s artwork, or broadcasting a movie or TV show without proper permission.

Even though you aren’t allowed to play unlicensed content or music, you probably won’t get banned for it right away. Twitch can give you first warning and then mute copyrighted audio or remove your video on demand (VOD), which is a recording of your live stream. If they see you repeatedly infringing someone else’s copyright, they’ll issue a second and then a third warning.

Your only way around this is by playing original music or something licensed to you. You can also use Soundtrack from Twitch, a curated music library that you can use while streaming. As for the content, don’t show anything that you don’t own or have the right to broadcast.

Illegal Activity

You may also be banned from Twitch for engaging in illegal activities, such as hacking, cheating in a video game, or distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. This also includes promoting or linking to websites that engage in these activities.

While it may seem fun to download cheat software and stream yourself to beat other players with it, that behavior is not allowed. And of course, the more obvious illegal activities, such as using illegal drugs, will immediately get you the banhammer.

Sell ​​Twitch Features

Twitch has a wide variety of features that you can use to engage with your viewers. However, you are not allowed to sell them. This includes things like selling your chat moderation services. Many people like to moderate chats because it gives them a higher status and more privileges in the community. So if you try to take advantage of that, you’ll get banned.

Avoid dark tactics like paying or accepting money to raiding other channelshost someoneor gift subscriptions† Interactions and exchanges like this should happen naturally. You might get away with it for a while, but it only takes one mistake to get banned. You also rely on the other party not to get caught, which is beyond your control.

Say Banned Words

Believe it or not, saying certain words on Twitch can also get you banned from the platform. This is beyond the obvious racial and homophobic insults, hate speech and other profanity. You may swear, but you may not use words that are respected too offensive because of their negative connotation.

One of these external words that you may not know is “simple.” It is often used to describe someone who gives all their attention and care to another person who usually does not answer. It’s considered a derogatory term in the Twitch community, so you can’t say or type it.

It may sound crazy if you’re new to the platform, but it’s important to be aware of the words you shouldn’t use. The community is constantly changing and new words are constantly being added to the list. To be safe, study the words you shouldn’t say and avoid any words that might be considered overly offensive. Respect everyone’s religion, political beliefs, background, gender orientation and sexual preferences.

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