Twitch, the gaming streaming site, will introduce a new feature, the AutoMod, so as to try and put a stop to potential chatroom harassments.
An unfortunate trend has started growing alongside the increased Internet resources use. As more and more people turn to social media online platforms, the number of cyber bullies is also growing.
More and more companies have started implementing anti-harassment measures. Through them, they should help protect users. Twitch will be joining the list with the help of its new feature.
Twitch or Twitch.Tv is owned by an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary, Twitch Interactive. First introduced back in 2011, it is a live streaming video platform.
The platform is mostly targeted at video gaming and includes live or video on demand services. It has a variety of available options. These include video game playthroughs, the recent music broadcasts, and eSports competitions broadcasts.
As the platform also includes a chatroom feature, its popular video stream chats are almost constantly populated. However big it may be, a team of developers would not be able to keep up with such a chat.
This would also seem their efforts of detecting and reporting cyber harassment almost impossible. The need for a chat filter has, as such, led to the creation of the AutoMod.
AutoMod is a new, automated moderation tool. Its purpose will be to analyze and detect the intent behind specific remarks. The program should help detect if a swear is used in a harmless, annoyance-induced moment or not.
By detecting the hidden intent, AutoMod should be able to detect if the user is being abusive. It will help determine harmful comments and proceed to take measures against them.
If a harassing intent will be detected, the respective message will be blocked in real time. As such, it will not depend on future, potential abuse reports and claims. It should also help make for a “cleaner” chatroom.
AutoMod will mostly analyze the message’s tone. If the swearing is proven to be a light-hearted verbal habit, it will be left alone. However, if the tone is deemed aggressive, it will be blocked.
The filter will apply to messages sent to both chat users and the streamer itself.
Twitch developers, when presenting the tool, also announced its future development. More exactly, they stated that the Mod will be able to learn and improve on its own.
As such, it should become more efficient at analyzing conversations.
Amazon, the parent company, has not revealed the inner workings of the filtering system. Its efficiency remains to be tested following its release. The AutoMod will probably require an adaptation period, so users should show some understanding.
The tools are currently available in a full version only for English. Still, Beta versions are available for a number of other languages. These include, amongst others, German, French, Russian, and Arabic.
Ryan Kennedy, the Twitch moderation leader, released a few comments on the system. Kennedy is hoping that the AutoMod will offer a useful and trusted integrity protection tool.
It should come as a real-time, round the clock chat moderation base protection.
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