Blocking and banning
When we block and ban someone they should not be allowed to watch our content anymore.
Reiterating the requests of many here on UserVoice:
The work Twitch has done is noticed and appreciated, but a number of safety features have been added since 2017/2018, when this requests were first added to UserVoice, while this one in particular has been overlooked.
First and most importantly, the reason why this should be implemented is to protect users. Several streamers have come forward of stories about how banned users stalk their channel and use it to further violence on other platforms.
Furthermore, even though banning revokes users of the privilege of clipping, it is very easy for a user to restream content or record it for their own use. Blocking the user from using the chatbox is not enough to actually protect the safety of streamers.
There have been many policy changes on Twitch that protects users, but I and many others fail to see how the implementation of this feature is a threat to Twitch's profit margins. If the reason it hasn't been implemented is because of ad revenue and placement, it is very possible to have both the safety feature and ad placement. Perhaps the option to let banned viewers watch streams or not can also be part of the feature. Regardless, there is far more money to lose when streamers cannot stream anymore because it's no longer safe to utilize Twitch's platform.
Please consider adding this feature again. Thank you.
Keep stalkers from viewing your content by banning them from not just your chat but your channel as well
Stalker protection!! Blocking someone from your channel SHOULD remove their ability to WATCH your stream.
I am currently being stalked on twitch. They will watch my stream, make new accounts to watch me, they've gotten new numbers to contact me, harrass me on all of my social media. The fact that he can still WATCH my stream unlimited is appalling. PLEASE implement a feature where you can stop someone from watching your stream!
Agreed. This would also help prevent Stream Sniping.
if twitch is worried about losing revenue as a counter to this idea, just make banned people see ads every 3 minutes if they still insist on watching the channel after being banned 🤷♂️
CandiceGardania They can start with the following:
A. Adding a "logged in only" mode to viewing of your stream. Currently you can have sub only streams, but if they added this mode, the only people who can see your stream or chat, are those logged in with an account. Added to this, they need to ensure that people who are banned can't view the stream anymore. They reported last year that banning accounts now removes them from your IRC (still doesn't stop them from watching the stream incognito) but supposedly were working on making bans stop people from seeing your video.
B. Implement a HWID ban system. People can fake their IP address and create thousands of accounts, but it is almost impossible to fake your system id. While I could accept the compromise of only Twitch staff owning this tool, I think it would be far better if streamers could hit a HWID ban button, and then any time that person tries to watch your stream on that device, it throws up an error for them. No matter if they are logged in or not. The downside would be that trolls would wise up to this and spend most of their time lurking without being logged in, but the beauty is that if the streamer controls this button, they can hit it on ANY account they deem suspicious. And trolls have to come out of lurk mode eventually. And even if they just whisper your viewers outside of the stream, A. If the person believes the lies and trash spoken by the troll and leaves your stream without talking to you, good riddance. They don't deserve your companionship for being so gullible and ready to turn on you. B. If the person comes to you and says "hey username12345 said this nasty stuff about you" you can immediately hit the HWID ban button for username12345. Now unfortunately they could continue to harass you via whispers to viewers (remember this HWID ban only stops them from accessing your stream and any of its content) but that is where Twitch could add an "Ultimate HWID Ban Request" button. If an account gets 3 of these requests, they are permanently banned from accessing all of Twitch on that device. They could adjust that "3" number to some other metric, but the point is that if they add all of these things I just said, trolls would become almost nonexistent on Twitch.
I really don't understand the point of banning people if they are able to still have access to our content and streams. Yes, they can't harass us in chat, which is wonderful, but they can still watch us, screen capture our streams and interact with any on screen games. Banning should ban them completely from even being able to see the channel or videos at all. This would be far more encompassing and would truly help streamers.
ZoeBallz this is why they should have an IP/email ban button that is not a sitewide ban, but simply a ban on viewing/interacting with your stream from that IP address and email. If they want to harass, they have to login to a new account with a new IP address with a new email, just for you to take 1 second to click "IP ban". Guaranteed that only the most stubborn trolls will keep trying, but it would be far better than the current "easy 1 click VPN" option for trolls.
Or Twitch could do the far easier/better thing which is have Hardware ID bans. Those are very complicated to get around, and the best part is that trolls might not realize they are on the HWID banned list. Aka if they don't logout of their account or change IPs, that new device they hop onto will also get automatically blacklisted.
I don't mind forcing them to do the extra work though. Maybe they get tired of logging in and out to circumvent blocks so they just give up shadow watching content they're blocked from.
Not possible as all they would have to do is logout THEN they can watch any channel.
When you ban someone, they should be banned from viewing your stream as well as not being able to chat in your chat