Ban gambling streams.
Children and young adults are more likely to become gambling addicts when exposed to it.
I would had to Nyaxxy_'s comment bellow that Twitch is showing some level of commitment to support mental health and trying to put ahead strong ToS to avoid bad actors hurting mental health and overall the "safe space" it's looking to create by being inclusive.
While being severe on racism, sexism, any self-harm, Gambling with a tag 18+ is insufficient to mitigate the actual risks.
There's ton of actual legit research expressing how:
- addiction to gambling starts
- what it triggers
- how it impacts your life
- how it's a major cause for depression and suicides.
The ToS leaves gambling open but also should be taking more drastic approaches to removes itself from the paradigm of the risk of gambling.
A virtual Casino increase the amount of time you gamble versus a physical one.
A Virtual Casino removes the need for banking by getting crypto wallets. In the Casino you have to get there, get IDED, transfer money into chips. There's a significant amount of added layers needed to "commit yourself" into gambling.
A Virtual Casino can cancel your account without an actual clear explanation making at risk younger under 21 yo use vulnerable to losing their actual kitty (money with the Casino).
Please BAN gambling streams. They're not good for the health of the platform. Twitch is a creative place. Gambling is addicting teenagers. C'mon guys.
100% agree. Gambling is a predatory market, full of exploitation and risk. Streamers who participate in gambling streams such as Slots, are broadcasting this problematic and addicting behaviour to many users under gambling age and/or in precarious financial situations. Gambling is an issue that plagues society, especially those financial insecurity and these streams facilitate this addiction.
I have witnessed first hand the affect that an exposure to gambling has on young people, with many of my friends becoming addicted while still in school, and this was from a localised exposure from friends or family. The affect that streamers doing Gambling Sponsorships or proactively gambling to their audience of anywhere between 100 and 100k viewers, can cause a real and damaging affect on impressionable individuals. I find it predatory and dangerous, especially to those who are young or in financial insecurity.
I do not believe that gambling, is content that should be on the platform as approximately 40%of twitch users are between 16 and 24 years old, and are extremely vulnerable to this addiction, especially when their favourite twitch celebrity/personality is broadcasting and promoting this.
Loot boxes and pokemon cards are one thing. But when top creators actively promote slot machine gambling to kids, this trend has gone way too far.
Gambling is an easy addiction to fall into, and has ruined countles lives. Promoting or displaying it to kids will change the way many kids think about it.
I believe that it is neccessary for Twitch to either ban this behaviour or put in some sort of protection. (e.g. age gate and Gambling ruins lives Warning)