Twitch is replacing the mature content toggle for live streams with new “content rating labels,” according to it a blog post published Tuesday. The new labels are more descriptive, meaning streamers can be more specific about what viewers might see.
Twitch says streamers can now mark if their stream has:
Any games you play with a Mature Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) will automatically be labeled as a “Mature-rated game”, and if you switch to playing a non-M-rated game, the label will be removed. And any labels you have will be automatically applied to VODs.
In its blog post, Twitch notes that it is not update the community guidelines; instead, it only offers more specific labels for certain types of content. Streamers who don’t label their streams will receive an email warning and the appropriate label will be applied, Twitch says. “Streamers will not receive suspensions for not labeling their streams accurately,” Twitch said, but if a streamer fails to use the correct labels after “multiple warnings,” their channel could be locked for “a period of days or weeks.”
Tuesday’s blog post also includes a FAQ that explains more about when to use a label. For example, the label “significant profanity” or “vulgarity” is required for using this type of language “in a sustained and excessive manner for the duration of your stream.”