This hopefully isn’t news to you, but misogynistic abuse and behaviour in the gaming industry has been an issue for a long time. Be it aimed towards female video game developers or journalists, the Internet has always been an open space for abuse to be thrown around without consequences. But now, according to spokespeople at both Twitch and YouTube, they are “taking misogynistic abuse in gaming seriously” and hope to remove it entirely from their platforms.
Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Anna Prosser Robinson (the program manager at Twitch) stated that “improvements are happening as fast we we can”, but they still have a long way to go. Even YouTube gave a statement on the abuse aimed at women on their site, saying that “harassment has no place on the platform and we have guidelines against it”. Whilst it’s unclear at the moment how this abuse can be combated or moderated any further, users of the site are begging for it to come sooner.
Also speaking to Newsbeat is Candy, a popular female Twitch streamer. She shares some of the abuse she has to go through on a daily basis; “They tell me they’re going to find me and they’re going to rape me… They say they’re going to kill me. Anything they can just to stop me doing what I’m doing… It makes me feel terrified because I don’t know what to do about it”.
With billions of users across each website, it’s almost impossible to calculate and control what is happening every second of the day. A YouTube spokesperson reminded readers that rules are in place for this sort of misogynistic behaviour and how to report it; “Bullying and harassment have no place on the platform and we have clear community guidelines against it… We want to make sure that YouTube continues to be a place where anyone can come to find connection and community”.
Unfortunately, some individuals on Twitter and across other social media are not taking this action as seriously as they should. But here’s to hoping that this attitude will soon be eradicated from the Internet.