Twitch Moves To Curtail US Online Gambling Content On Streams

Twitch Moves To Curtail US Online Gambling Content On Streams

Streaming entertainment service Twitch is set to limit the types of US online gambling content its partners can feature. The full language of the policy updates is not yet available.

Twitch announced changes to its gambling policy on Sept. 20. ItsSliker admitted on September 17 that he has a problem with pathological gambling and that his previous stream broke the camera's back.

Gambling streams on Twitch have been an issue. The platform has not provided a robust consumer protection strategy. Twitch has left the handling of the problem to its partners. It's led to irresponsible content like streamers only showing their wins and running giveaways attached to online casino promotional codes.

Twitch will no longer allow gambling streams except for those that Twitch allows. The policy changes are effective on October 18th. There are many questions about the policy. It is not legal to screen users for age when they access gambling content. It's also not moral to require that streamers represent their gambling activity truthfully.

Twitch is considering introducing gambling regulations. It will be possible to make complaints about featured sites.

Twitch wants to ban US online gambling content on its platform. Twitch doesn't have the staff to actively police all of its content live. It mostly relies on users to report infractions. ItsSliker and others who have pathological gambling issues must address their struggles. This is a golden opportunity to do just that. The rules should apply to poker and sports betting streams as well.

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