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    Sketchsong commented  · 

    While I think it is a good idea to have this as an option for streamers. I very much dislike how Twitch recently decided to randomly have users require to additionally verify by phone (even though they previously did by email) for all streams even those that didn’t enable the option. Especially with no warning or announcement. It is very frustrating to be singled out to having phone verification suddenly required for all streams. Again I was talking offline with streamers who confirmed they didn’t have the phone verification enabled and they had no idea why I wasn’t able to chat, meanwhile, I am watching others chatting with not having had that requirement and commiserating with others who had the same problem as me.

    I understand the point of the verification and think it is a very valuable tool for creators to have to curate a polite and respectful community and as a defense against bots. However it is also frustrating to see bots still get into those streams because their account wasn’t flagged but mine was. And as someone who has never been banned from any channels and always try to conduct myself politely and respectfully online this is very frustrating.

    This is basically mandating a user have a cell phone and to be willing to provide it to Twitch in order to partake in communities they have previously been a part of for years. However what guarantee is there that phone number won’t be compromised or used for Twitch’s financial gain at the expense of the user? Twitch has had data breaches before and there are ne’er-do-wells who seek to capture accounts and personal information from accounts.

    I understand my voice is just a singular one and a company as large as twitch I am sure couldn’t care less as their main concern is financial gain and limiting liability but the whole sneaky process leaves a bad taste in my mouth and makes me want to engage in twitch less.