Following her return to Twitch, Amouranth, has taken aim at critics of her ASMR meta streams. Her content was panned by viewers and streamers alike, with creators such as Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar, and Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys voicing their concerns about it.
One of the comments made by many critics was that these sorts of streams will encourage “creepy behaviour” to spread across the platform. Many have noted how, by encouraging these sorts of streams, and even allowing them to continue, Twitch is not protecting other female creators or its younger users.
In a recent tweet, Amouranth stated: “I will always find it enormously ironic that the generation that fought “violent video games don’t cause an uptick in gun/violent crimes” instantly turn tail and succumb to a bad take like ‘hot tub/ASMR girls literally create creepers that plague other girl creators!’
“I always wondered how ‘think of the children’ and other slap-a-bandaid solutions came about. Why do people try and gloss over systemic issues by blaming causes that have no basis in reality?
“Zoomers and millennials are more alike with boomers than we thought!”
This was in response to comments that this sort of stream would encourage “creepy” people to go on to other female streamers live streams and harass them about OnlyFans, or try to encourage them to do sexualised streams.
This is, of course, not just a theory, as many female streamers have commented about having people visiting their channels and enquiring about hot tub streams or OnlyFans accounts since the hot tub streams started.
She is correct that these metas did not create the creepers, but there has been a definite increase in people seeing this behaviour.
Fellow streamer, Natalia ‘Alinity’ Mogollon, has also stated that these sorts of streams, and Twitch’s lax attitude towards punishing rule-breakers, is going to do nothing to deter inappropriate behaviour.
She wrote: “As someone that had an accidental violation for sexual content (in reference to an on-stream ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in 2020), I can tell you that the amount of advertising you get from said suspension highly outweighs the lack of income from a three-day ban. It’s just a nice vacation. Free promo during your break and even more promo when you are back.”
She went on to say: “Listen, I’m not saying whether I am in favor or against that content being on the site. What I am saying is that they need to decide whether or not they want the content on Twitch, and be FIRM against it. 3 DMCAS is a perma ban, but 3 sexual violations isn’t? Makes no sense.”
Alinity’s comments are in reference to the fact that she has, herself, been involved in hot tub streams, but still feels that Twitch needs to be clearer with its guidelines and deal with issues in a fair way. When asked what she would do after a “third strike”, Alinity stated that a longer ban would be in order to stop the behaviours happening again:
The question of how to handle these issues in the future is an important one for Twitch, as they are likely to find other creators having viable actions against them if they are not treated in the same way as Amouranth and Indiefoxx. Also, the fact that many of Twitch’s users are under 18 is a concern for some in this regard.
Amouranth brought up the subject of “think of the children”, but it is a subject that may come back to bite her and / or Twitch in the backside. Many of these female streamers (including Amouranth and Alinity) have OnlyFans accounts for their 18+ content, which, as consenting adults themselves, is their right. However, as Twitch have said they wish to stamp out suggestive content and have created a Trust and Safety Council to protect their community, it will be important that they be seen to be adhering to and applying their own rules.