But for any doubters out there, a new study from researchers at Indiana University that analyzed more than one billion public Twitch comments concludes that women on the streaming site are routinely objectified in some pretty gross ways. The gender of the channel owners was verified by cam feeds, and the sample contained an even mix of channels from Twitch's top ranking and less popular channels. Get six of our favorite Motherboard stories every day by signing up for our newsletter. Twitch currently offers streamers a harassment "toolkit" that includes the ability to ban certain words in chat, put aggressive users on a "time out," and more. Many prominent women in gaming have come forward with tales of sexist abuse , and so it shouldn't be a surprise that women on Twitch, a massively popular video game streaming platform , are subjected to harassment because of their gender.
Penelope. Age: 25.
However, Ciampaglia said, there's little reason to think that sexist harassment online has abated in the intervening years, especially given the rise of the anti-feminist GamerGate movement.
Avalyn. Age: 22.
Twitch Commenters Talk About Games on Men’s Streams, 'Boobs' on Women’s
Beyond site infrastructure to deal with harassment, Ciampaglia highlighted the impressive amount of community self-moderation on display in their large dataset of Twitch comments. It would be fair to question whether data might have limited explanatory potential for , because a lot can change in just two years. Get six of our favorite Motherboard stories every day by signing up for our newsletter. Men who stream their gameplay on Twitch, on the other hand, are more commonly greeted with comments about their skills, not their looks.