- Dec 11, 2018
Our Community Guidelines are designed to support safe and welcoming communities on Twitch. These guidelines outline what is allowed on Twitch, expectations for streamers and viewers, and more. We want Twitch to continue to be a place where live content creators can thrive whether they’re streaming their game play, travels, or musical performances. And as Twitch has grown globally around new types of content, so has the need for more transparency around what’s expected. This has been a team effort with months’ worth of work to ensure we are doing right by our community. We felt it was important to share this now, as many new faces are joining Twitch, so that all creators have the information they need to create their content.
Historically, to address the variety of situations and content on Twitch, our policy on Nudity and Attire focused on context. We’ve heard from our community, however, that our policy isn’t clear enough about what is and is not allowed on stream, and in particular that more detail is needed for streams like body art or outdoor streams. We want to be more transparent and consistent about our expectations, so today we’re rolling out an update to our Nudity and Attire policy that outlines detailed examples of what is and is not permitted.
This is what you can expect starting today:
We are shifting from a garment-specific policy to one based on a standard level of coverage, with exceptions for certain situations. We’ve outlined these minimum levels of coverage to increase clarity on expectations, so you’re not left guessing what is or is not acceptable.
We don’t permit streamers to be fully or partially nude, including exposing genitals or buttocks. We do not permit the visible outline of genitals, even when covered. Broadcasting nude or partially nude minors is always prohibited, regardless of context.
For those who present as women, we ask that you cover your nipples. We do not permit exposed underbust. Cleavage is unrestricted as long as these coverage requirements are met.
For all streamers, you must cover the area extending from your hips to the bottom of your pelvis and buttocks.
For those areas of the body where coverage is required, the coverage must be fully opaque - sheer or partially see-through clothing does not constitute coverage
Augmented reality avatars that translate real-life movement into digital characters are subject to this standard, as is cosplay and other costumes — for details on how this policy applies to IRL, outdoors and body art, please continue reading.
Our previous policy relied on an assumed shared understanding of what is appropriate in specific contexts. Establishing a standard for coverage reduces the policy’s reliance on an assumed single definition of contextually acceptable. This new standard better translates across global contexts and will help improve enforcement consistency.
We recognize that there are situations that call for attire that is prohibited under our standard guidelines, such as swimming, body art, concerts, and festivals, so we’ve added exceptions to help you successfully navigate those occasions. Explanations for each of the exceptions listed below can be found within the updated policy.
- IRL streaming
- Swim and beaches, concerts and festivals
- Body art
- Context transitions
- Embedded media, studio and other Twitch-endorsed content