Twitch has announced an update to its community guidelines, specifically regarding its policies on Nudity and Attire. Following input from both its creators and users about rulings not being clear enough, the live streaming site has released a statement to make it more transparent.
Twitch Nudity and Attire policy
Instead of a policy that restricts certain clothing items from being worn, Twitch will now shift to one based on a standard level of coverage. This is described in a post with the minimum levels of coverage being as follows:
- We don’t permit streamers to be fully or partially nude, including exposing genitals or buttocks. We do not permit the visible outline of genitals, even when covered. Broadcasting nude or partially nude minors is always prohibited, regardless of context.
- For those who present as women, we ask that you cover your nipples. We do not permit exposed underbust. Cleavage is unrestricted as long as these coverage requirements are met.
- For all streamers, you must cover the area extending from your waist to the bottom of your pelvis and buttocks.
- For those areas of the body where coverage is required, the coverage must be fully opaque – sheer or partially see-through clothing does not constitute coverage.
- Augmented reality avatars that translate real-life movement into digital characters are subject to this standard, as is cosplay and other costumes.
The update to the Nudity and Attire policy also encompasses creators that create content around the IRL, outdoors, and body art genres. On the other hand, activities like swimming, concerts, festivals, or even breastfeeding often require a difference in attire. As such, Twitch has introduced exceptions to the rules listed above, which can be located in the updated community guidelines.
It is mentioned that the list isn’t comprehensive. However, it is provided so users can have a better expectation of what is allowed on the platform. Twitch asks creators unsure about their situation to email them at email@example.com.