Twitch creators can share their banned user lists

introduces a new security option for streamers. You can share the list of users you banned with other creators. The tool could help keep serial harassers at bay, Twitch suggests, especially those targeting creators who are members of marginalized communities. The Shared Ban Info feature builds on the suspicious user control system that Twitch launched in December.

To share a list of banned users with another streamer, a creator must send them a request from the ‘Shared ban information’ section of the moderation settings. If you request blocking information from another streamer and they agree, you share the same information from your channel with them. Initially, creators can have up to 30 of these connections.

You can set a default action for handling tagged users that another channel has banned. These users can be monitored, which means they can post in your chat, but all of their messages will be flagged for you and your moderators to see. There is an option to restrict flagged users by default – their chat messages are only visible to a streamer and their mods.

Otherwise, streamers can ban or trust these tagged users, allowing them to post chat messages without restrictions. In any case, when a tagged user posts in your chat for the first time, their message will be outlined in red and you can see which channel blocked them.

A Twitch spokesperson said the platform is “excited about this tool as it is a first step in empowering not just individual streamers to make personalized moderation decisions, but communities as a whole.” They added, “While Shared Ban Info is just the latest customizable tool in the arsenal we offer developers, it adds a new level of scalability by expanding the impact of individuals’ moderation decisions and ultimately helping community members, helping each other – something they already do organically in countless ways every day in Twitch’s uniquely engaged environment.”

Similar efforts to weed out bad actors have surfaced on other platforms. For example, Twitter allows users to share a list of the accounts they have blocked, but the feature is . Available Third Party Services

Twitch announced the Shared Ban Info feature at TwitchCon Amsterdam last weekend. The company also said it will give developers more control over who can ambush them. A raid directs all of a YouTuber’s viewers to another channel when they stop streaming. However, the function was .

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