Like with "Email Verification" add Phone Verification!
As a moderator of a few channels, we've had a massive issue with one particular troll using a VPN to evade bans. This is a massive issue for us because; this user will spam hateful messages, racist slurs, bullying/harassment and even spam the streamer's private personal info. This has been such an issue, that some people I know have had to take a long break from streaming or quit altogether!
I implore you Twitch. Please add an option to enable Phone number verification!
I believe this will strongly deter users from ban evading, as it commonly costs to use phone number changers, and takes a lot longer to set up!
With this, it is unlikely that trolls would find a phone number changing software that is both fast and free.
Alternatively, having an option that forces chatter's accounts to be older than a day, would also help greatly!
Please Twitch! This issue has gone on for so long and it really destroying streams!
This would make it inaccessible to some people, and some don’t want to link their phone numbers over safety and privacy concerns.
We recently get followed and unfollowed by many bots recently, what if you could include the option of "E-mail verification" with following a twitch streamer? Since we already have email verification for chatting, would be neat to add to it aswell I think
What's needed is Twitch Verified. Have a system in place to #1 verify the user accounts if this is phone or credit card or some other form of deterrent. #2 allow streamers better access to tools to manage the users connecting to chat. The ability to set minimum account age to connect to chat or twitch verified only in the same way we have the ability to have follows only of subscribers only.
Totally agree with @ElleRows here.
Linking an account to a phone number and having an option to only allow accounts with a linked phone number could have a massive impact on trolling.
It will not totally remove it, but it will surely make a huge difference.
i had commented a similar idea... and Id love to see this too so much using a phone number even if its a toggle option. my idea suggested 2fa as a toggle feature.. requiring users to be unique... as 2fa is already a built in system with twitch and a requirement for all streamers who are partner or affiliate.
I love this idea. The extra step(s) will make things just that much more troublesome / tedious for the trolls. Anything to help clean things up.
Faking numbers isn't impossible, just harder, but then there's people like me who don't have SMS, and it's even worse in poorer countries.