In the wake of the horrific shooting that took place in Buffalo on May 14, New York Attorney General Letitia James has officially launched an investigation into the role social media companies may have played in the attack on a supermarket that took the lives of 10 people and is now being investigated as a hate crime. According to the Attorney General’s press release, the investigation will look into how social media may have allowed the shooter to “discuss and amplify his intentions and acts,” focusing on “Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, and Discord.”
Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch said it removed a livestream of a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York over the weekend within two minutes of it going live. But that response time was not enough to stop recordings of the footage from spreading to other online platforms, like Facebook, where links to the heinous act remained accessible for hours. This once again raises questions about how much social media companies are really invested in moderating harmful content.
UK esports organisation Lionscreed have released Unfavoured from their NLC Division 3 League of Legends roster after he threatened another player. 16-year-old Danish Grandmaster mid-laner, Composites, posted a series of screenshots this evening of threatening messages he received from Unfavoured. It happened after the pair met on the same team in a League of Legends solo queue match, which resulted in a loss. Unfavoured then invited Composites to a Discord server, before he and others engaged in insulting, bullying and threatening behaviour towards Composites. Continue reading Lionscreed release League of Legends player for threatening behaviour
Justin Kan, a co-founder of Twitch and the dude Justin.TV was named for, last week decided to launch a site called Fractal, which would be a ‘marketplace’ where in-game items could be bought and sold as NFTs. Later, in Fractal’s Discord server, a link appeared advertising a drop of 3333 NFTs. You may have guessed what happened next.
Twitch streamers may soon be able to restrict who can or cannot hop into the chat. According to Twitch observer Zach Bussey, the streaming giant is planning on adding expanded features that would allow streamers to require phone or email verification from the commentariat.
If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Discord has debuted an experimental feature called “Watch Together” on a small number of servers. Discord is starting to test offical YouTube integration, shortly after YouTube forced the company to remove two music bots from the serivce. Just weeks ago, Google-owned YouTube forced two of the most well-known (and most used) Discord music bots to stop operating within Discord. Rythm and Groovy were both victims of a cease and desist issued by the megacorporation, much to the irritation of the…
A few days ago Eurogamer closed their forums, bringing to an end over 20 years of community discussion. The site explained the move like sites and companies always do, and it made sense the way it always does, but that doesn’t mean the process itself isn’t something that sucks.
Twitch is taking a big stand against the organized harassment campaigns, widely known as “hate raids,” that have proliferated over the past few months by filing a suit against two possible coordinators of the attacks.
By Stephany Nunneley 20 April 2021 21:01 GMT Looks like Microsoft won’t be buying Discord after all.According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Discord won’t be selling, even though there were multiple offers for the company, including one reportedly from Microsoft.Watch on YouTubeSources have told the Wall Street Journal the company is discussing a “potential initial public offering” down the line. But, according to the report, talks with Microsoft could resume in the future.The WSJ reports that the company “fielded interest from at least three companies about a deal,” but that the service is performing well and that…
Discord, the gaming chat platform, has added a new feature called Stage Channels. These are described as “a special type of voice channel… where some people can talk and others can listen as the audience.” It’s essentially the defining feature of Clubhouse, the invite-only mobile app that briefly attracted media attention earlier this year. Read more
This week on Twitch, a stop sign became a saga. Stopsigncam, a 24/7 stream of a single intersection in Salem, Massachusetts where drivers regularly blow through a stop with no concern for their lives or others, blew up thanks to a viral TikTok. But at the peak of its popularity, it went offline.
Today, Twitch released its first-ever transparency report, a lengthy, stat-based look at the platform’s safety initiatives over the past year. It contains some interesting, albeit granular, information about Twitch’s efforts to cut down on hateful conduct, sexual harassment, and even terrorist propaganda. But it also fails to clear the haze from the question that has surrounded many of Twitch’s most perplexing decisions: Why?
By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 31 January 2021 12:23 GMT Super Nintendo World will be available for Universal Studios visitors soon, but if you’re unable to attend there’s an alternative in Minecraft.Earlier this year, we got a virtual tour of Super Nintendo World that showed prospective visitors what they could expect to see if they got tickets to the new attraction, and now creator Dippy22 has taken it one step further.The enterprising Minecraft player has begun work on making Nintendo’s section of the Universal Studios resorts in Japan and California available in Mojang’s iconic platform.Dippy22 is aiming to have the map based on…