The case accuses anonymous users of "targeting blacks and LGBT players."
Since early August, Twitch has been battling marginal broadcasters with an epidemic of harassment known as "hate attacks." These attacks amplify spam chats with hateful and fanatical language dozens of times per minute by bots. On Thursday, after a month of trying and failing to combat the tactic, Twitch took to the legal system, accusing the attackers of hate [PDF] for "targeting black, gay and lesbian broadcasters." harassment.” Terms of Service.
“We hope this complaint clarifies the identity of the individuals behind these attacks and the tools they use, discourages them from engaging in similar behavior to other services, and helps end these heinous attacks on our members. A Twitch spokesperson told WIRED:< p> Sex, race, and gender harassment is not new to a distribution platform Games that are 10 years old, however, have increased targeted hate attacks in the past month. Received - sometimes hundreds at a time - like "This channel now belongs to the KKK." Fast Service It's all got together.
Twitch has made several changes to curb hate attacks the company says has banned thousands of accounts over the past month, and new chat filters have created and created “channel level escape detection.” But dragging bottles is like a game of whacking a mole. Criminals continue to hide their identities online. To avoid accountability, a Twitch spokesperson said: “Malicious actors have significant motives to violate Our service links have created a new wave of fake bot accounts designed to harass developers, even if we're constantly protecting them from "behaviours". wired. The lawsuit filed Thursday in the US District Court of Northern California targeted two users known only as "Cruzzcontrol" and "CreatineOverdose," which Twitch believes are based, respectively, in the Netherlands and Vienna, Austria. Twitch says it has taken "quick action," first by suspending their accounts and then permanently banning them. However, "they have avoided a Twitch ban by creating new and alternative Twitch accounts, and have constantly changed their 'hate attack code' to prevent and stop Twitch detection." The lawsuit alleges that Cruzzcontrol and CreatineOverdose still have multiple Twitch accounts under pseudonyms, as well as thousands of hate-attack bot accounts, and both claim they can claim "thousands of bots in" Produce in minutes. for this purpose.” Twitch claims that Cruzzcontrol is responsible for about 3,000 bots linked to these recent hate attacks.
On August 15, CreatineOverdose demonstrated how their bot could be used “to spam Twitch channels with racial slurs.” The complaint also alleges that the defendants were part of a "hate attack community" that coordinates attacks on Discord and Steam.
This story originally appeared on wired.com.
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