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Twitch is finally implementing a panic button to combat hate raids

Twitch is finally implementing a panic button to combat hate raids

Shaun M Jooste

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Are you tired of being harassed on Twitch for something you believe in or your lifestyle choices? It can take time for you or your moderators to sift through hate messages and ban viewers. Well, the streaming platform now has Shield Mode. It’s a fancy panic button you click on that instantly puts security measures into place. 

What security measures, I hear you mentally ask with my telepathic powers. That’s up to you, actually. When you access the new Shield Mode, you determine what security features need to come into play once activated. It can be as simple as bulk-banning a group of hate commenters. Also, you can instantly shut down your stream or only make it available to your subscribers.
Once you’ve set the Twitch Shield Mode settings, it’s ready to go. If you see hate raids in your comments or something you don’t like, all you do is click that new panic button. The security measures will kick into place, and you don’t have to worry about all the manual work. You can also give access to your moderators, making their work easier.

Twitch introduces Shield Mode

One aspect of Shield Mode I don’t understand is No First-Time Chatters. It means that anyone that is new or didn’t chat in your last stream won’t be able to comment. Why I find this a bit odd is if you plan to use this for every stream. That means if someone is new and joins you for every stream from then on, they will never be able to comment until one day when you disable Shield Mode. It’s rather….odd. 

Twitch says it will be adding more features to ensure you still grow a decent following. Let’s hope Shield Mode doesn’t become an issue with obtaining new followers in the future.

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