Twitch walks back 'artistic nudity' policy that allowed sexual content

Twitch has officially walked back its recent changes to its terms of service that allowed users to post sexual content under a new label.

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Only a few days after making its announcement, Twitch has officially walked back its content policy changes that permitted sexual content on the platform.

Twitch has issued an update to its controversial content policy that expanded the possibilities of what type of content is allowed on the livestreaming platform. According to the update, which has since been revoked, Twitch permitted sexual content if it was appropriately categorized under the new "Sexual Themes" label.

Additionally, the revoked policy allowed for "fully exposed female-presenting breasts and/or genitals or buttocks regardless of gender," and content that "deliberately highlight[s] breasts, buttocks or pelvic region" as well as "body writing". Moreover the rules allowed for dances such as "twerking, grinding and pole dancing." These changes were very divisive for the livestreaming community, with one group of people raising the question - how will this now-permitted sexualized content impact the younger audience on Twitch?

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With another group praising the changes for widening the possibilities of what type of content can be posted to the platform. Regardless of the public debate Twitch has revoked its changes, which can be read in full here.

"Upon reflection, we have decided that we went too far with this change. Digital depictions of nudity present a unique challenge-AI can be used to create realistic images, and it can be hard to distinguish between digital art and photography.

So, effective today, we are rolling back the artistic nudity changes. Moving forward, depictions of real or fictional nudity won't be allowed on Twitch, regardless of the medium. This restriction does not apply to Mature-rated games," writes Twitch

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