What do you think of when you hear ‘boob-police’? Your aunt’s bible study group? That one preacher we’ve all heard? Someone’s horny little brother that knows about every nip-slip since 2012?
Well, all three of those might be correct, but they aren’t what this is about. No, instead we are dealing with a group of vigilante Twitch fans. It’s well-known that boob-streamers are either the best or the worst (depending on if you ask a fan or a regular person), so these girls already divide the masses.
The Anti-Boob Police however, have taken it a little further than just commenting on Facebook posts or angrily telling their friends. They’re making a sport of trolling through the streaming platform’s directories and looking for broadcasters that violate Twitch’s ToS.
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While Twitch is more than happy to ban violators permanently or at least temporarily, especially the less popular ones, often slip through the cracks. It happens, there isn’t too much they can do about it , so they do rely on reports from other viewers.
Troll groups that report accounts for no reason aren’t new – that’s been a thing for as long as we’ve had the option of reporting things, but this is new. The ABP as we will now refer to them has one particular problem with Twitch – the so called ‘cam girls’ that use Twitch’s IRL section to go about their…craft.
She Snaps was one of the first ones to find out about this group – in one of her chats about mental health, she talked to a viewer and recalls him saying the following: “Alright well this has been nice but I’ve got to go, I’m checking out all the girl’ streams in IRL and reporting the ones that aren’t abiding by TOS.”
She Snaps herself streams in t-shirts and hoodies usually, so she isn’t exactly part of the offending crowd. She checked whether it was specifically girl-streamers this guy targeted (because sexism apparently?) and he said that no, that wasn’t the case, however he was apparently trying to help cleanse Twitch of cam girls.
The word cleanse alone doesn’t usually have very good connotations, however since getting them banned is all this guy is trying to do…well, it’s perhaps one of the few non-offensive uses of the word.
Complaints about the cam girl crowd have been going on for quite some time, and Twitch’s recent review of their community guidelines has helped – they mandate that people wear clothes appropriate for a public street or restaurant – but it hasn’t gotten rid of the problem altogether.
In fact, the new guidelines actually don’t encourage the kind of thing the ABP is doing. According to the guidelins, “We will not tolerate using this policy as a basis to harass streamers on or off Twitch, regardless of whether you think they’re breaking this rule.”
That certainly hasn’t stopped the ABP (but since it also hasn’t stopped the boobie-streamers, that’s only fair), and their work is still on-going. She Snaps has said that other viewers and fans have asked about these guys since then, or even made semi-threatening comments.
Among those comments were things like a remark on her camera-angle: ‘Good thing it’s not too high—I’d have to report you,’ was one of them. Djarii is another streamer that has had run-ins with this lot. She usually streams games, but occasionally covers cosplay, bodypainting and doing her make-up on camera. As is often the case, this isn’t necessarily the most… restaurant-appropriate gear and garb.
What she does isn’t against Twitch’s community guidelines because it isn’t sexually suggestive – on purpose anyway – but it’s not exactly everyday clothing either. At times, she’s had around 50 viewers drop into her streams to warn, threaten and report her. As if the 49th person claiming she was violating the ToS would have more of an impact than the first 48.
“A lot of the time people just want to sound like their opinion is important or that they know better than you by ‘informing’ me that what I’m doing is against terms of service (bodypaint generally), which it very well is not,” Djarii explained about the lot. “They just have the idea in their mind that bodypainting is abhorrent and Twitch absolutely must agree with them.”
In fact, these things don’t just happen during bodypainting streams – we can agree that those are sort of asking for people to make this sort of comment – but even during streams in which she wears an oversized t-shirt, perhaps the least sexually suggestive item other than granny panties.
Twitch started as a site for streaming games, and while that is still a large part of it, the site has since involved to let people cover other topics and events – some fans aren’t okay with this though, and are trying to self-police the site back to what it used to be. Djarii has even gotten comments when doing her normal make-up about how what she was doing didn’t belong on Twitch at all.
Chill guys! Change may be scary, but it isn’t always bad. We have to admit though, we can’t entirely argue with the ABP either – there is an actual cam girl problem and it is absolutely inappropriate, given that children can easily access Twitch streams , however the line between efforts to improve the community and being a troll is about as blurry as that between a low-cut shirt and being half-naked. Both have their advantages….and well, we lost our train of thought. Maybe next time!