Streaming platform Twitch has been accused of making ‘softcore pornography’ accessible to children amid a boom in female streamers exploiting a loophole in its terms of service to broadcast sexually suggestive videos on the platform.

The Amazon-owned site, which has a minimum user age of 13, was created to share footage of videogames – but a recent trend has seen users stream implied nudity, while linking to their adult content on the likes of OnlyFans.

Earlier this month, adult performer Morgpie stoked outrage by appearing to be completely naked on a livestream, jiggling her breasts when users purchased a $4.99 per month subscription, of which she would receive a 50 per cent cut.

In response, Twitch updated its adult content policy, explicitly permitting content that ‘deliberately highlighted breasts, buttocks or (the) pelvic region’ as long as it was marked as sexual content – which has prompted a surge in similar streams.

There are concerns among parents and Twitch users that the site is enabling access to what essentially amounts to adult content without any age gates. One told MailOnline they felt the videos pervading the site amounted to ‘softcore porn’.

Twitch streamer Taylor Jevaux holds a towel over herself during a live broadcast that can be accessed without logging in – she encouraged users to ask her to drop the towel using the site’s built-in chatroom function

Ms Jevaux then reappeared on the stream with only paint covering her nipples. Under Twitch's revised guidelines, this does not appear to break the site's terms of service. MailOnline has chosen to censor the implied nudity

Ms Jevaux then reappeared on the stream with only paint covering her nipples. Under Twitch’s revised guidelines, this does not appear to break the site’s terms of service. MailOnline has chosen to censor the implied nudity

The chat for Ms Jevaux's livestream features comments such as 'how does twitch allow this?' and 'how is this aloud? (sic)'

The chat for Ms Jevaux’s livestream features comments such as ‘how does twitch allow this?’ and ‘how is this aloud? (sic)’

Many streamers on Twitch are broadcasting in a state of implied nudity after the website overhauled its guidelines. However, the account above has been suspended

Many streamers on Twitch are broadcasting in a state of implied nudity after the website overhauled its guidelines. However, the account above has been suspended 

A number of streamers have reacted with dismay to the newest trend of Twitch streamers appearing to broadcast in the nude. This account has also been suspended by Twitch

A number of streamers have reacted with dismay to the newest trend of Twitch streamers appearing to broadcast in the nude. This account has also been suspended by Twitch

Streams on Twitch (the company's logos pictured above) are watched by 35million people every day, including users who are under the age 18

Streams on Twitch (the company’s logos pictured above) are watched by 35million people every day, including users who are under the age 18 

They said: ‘These streams are even regularly promoted on Twitch’s homepage. Twitch staff don’t care, because they’re making a cut of all the money donated to these women. 

‘The most they’ll ever do is hand out a short three-day ban before letting the women get away with the exact same thing again.’

Morgpie was banned after her first stream, returning to the app after the rules were changed. She has since been banned again after appearing alongside two other female streamers in a further state of implied nudity. 

Twitch’s revised policy on sexual content still bans ‘nudity, inappropriate attire, (and) pornography’ but permits the likes of strip teases and nude body painting, as well as sexually provocative conversations, so long as nipples and genitalia are covered.

Twitch adult content policy: What is allowed on the service now? 

Twitch’s content policies prohibit ‘nudity, inappropriate attire, pornography and certain sexual content’ — but its new rules allow more to be shown than ever.

Examples of what can now be shown, as long as a ‘sexual content’ label is applied, include:

  • Content that focuses on clothed intimate body parts such as the buttocks, groin, or breasts
  • Wearing yoga pants and holding a split position with the camera pointing at your groin area
  • Body writing or body art on buttocks or breasts of female-presenting person
  • Prolonged or repeated kissing another individual or object, including kissing or licking a microphone
  • Kissing a significant other for a prolonged period of time on stream
  • Strip teases and other erotic dances that involve actual disrobing or disrobing gestures
  • Commentary that centers around sexual jokes or innuendos, including brief instances of sexual noises
  • Directly encouraging or eliciting conversations in chat that would qualify as containing sexual themes

The relaxed rules also initially permitted ‘artistic nudity’ — before rolling back on this change after some streams, including some thought to depict AI-generated nude images, was ‘met with community concern’, the company said.

Streams containing sexual content will not be promoted on its homepage, but a flood of sexualised streams can be found in a matter of clicks by browsing the website’s ‘IRL’ section, which covers non-gaming content, including a dedicated ‘hot tub’ category.

These range from yoga videos, where streamers in skin-tight fitness apparel pose in a manner that emphasises their breasts and buttocks, to the implied nudity piloted by the likes of Morgpie.

Twitch claims to have 35 million daily visitors on average, and of those 70 per cent are between the ages of 18 and 34. It does not disclose how many users are under 18, but states in its terms of service that children ‘may only use Twitch under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian’.

However, there are no safeguards in place to ensure that children use the service in this way, and adult-leaning content can be viewed without logging in or undergoing an age verification check. 

In one broadcast, streamer Taylor Jevaux suggestively held a towel over herself and encouraged users to entice her to drop it in her channel’s chat box. In the corner, a ‘jumping countdown’ was displayed on screen.

‘Drop it or else I’m leaving,’ said one. Another made an implied reference to a sex act.

After dropping the towel, she held a roll of paper across her chest before engaging in nude body painting, painting a snowman on her arm. Her nipples were obscured with paint; the entire stream appeared to adhere to the new Twitch guidelines.

However, some viewers were quick to ask: ‘how is this allowed?’ and ‘how does Twitch allow this?’.

During the broadcast, she exhibited the names of two users that she had written on her arm in pen in exchange for five subscriptions. Each subscription costs $4.99 (£3.91) at a time.

Other streams featured women sitting in towels, exposing cleavage, or in a state of implied nudity, with oil applied to their skin. 

Some appeared to be completely naked, digitally covered with large black censorship bars that read ‘REDACTED’, pushing the policy to its limits. 

A number of users employing this tactic have since been suspended from Twitch, while one streamer’s software cut out and revealed she was wearing a bra beneath the censorship bar.

Many profiles streaming suggestive content carried a link to their personal Linktree — a directory listing their social media profiles on other websites — which then included links to adult sites such as OnlyFans. 

Posting a Linktree as a bridge to adult content is allowed under Twitch rules, which only state that adult websites cannot be directly promoted on a user’s profile.

Twitch users and parents have voiced their anger at the streaming platform for allowing sexually provocative content to flourish on the website, with one streamer comparing it to a ‘dodgy sex cam site’. 

Twitch user CrossingTomi, who records a parenting podcast on the platform, took to X, formerly Twitter, to warn other parents about the increasingly adult-leaning content freely accessible on the platform.

‘If your child is on Twitch you need to know what they could possibly be exposed to. They can be exposed, right now, to livestreams that glorify pornography, undressed women, sexual deviancy, fantasies…they can watch this 24 hours a day,’ she said.

‘If you don’t know about it, you can’t stop it. I strongly encourage you to get involved in what your kids are doing online, even if it causes fights.’ 

Twitch streamer Asianbunny's implied nudity streams saw her banned from the platform until the service overhauled its adult content guidelines. She has since been banned again

Twitch streamer Asianbunny’s implied nudity streams saw her banned from the platform until the service overhauled its adult content guidelines. She has since been banned again

Morgpie (right) and Asianbunny (left) later joined streamer JenFoxxx for stream in which all three sat in a state of implied nudity. They have all since been banned from Twitch

Morgpie (right) and Asianbunny (left) later joined streamer JenFoxxx for stream in which all three sat in a state of implied nudity. They have all since been banned from Twitch

Some streamers appeared to have applied oil to their skin while broadcasting in a state of implied nudity, while promoting their 'spicy' websites - a reference to adult content

Some streamers appeared to have applied oil to their skin while broadcasting in a state of implied nudity, while promoting their ‘spicy’ websites – a reference to adult content

Other streamers wear skin-tight clothing and pose in sexually suggestive positions ¿ which is now explicitly permitted under Twitch rules

Other streamers wear skin-tight clothing and pose in sexually suggestive positions – which is now explicitly permitted under Twitch rules

Twitch features an entire category dedicated to so-called 'hot tub' streaming, which can be accessed without logging in. The site has a minimum age limit of 13

Twitch features an entire category dedicated to so-called ‘hot tub’ streaming, which can be accessed without logging in. The site has a minimum age limit of 13

Users accessing streams labelled as containing sexual content are presented with a warning before they can see the video. However, this can be bypassed without even logging in

Users accessing streams labelled as containing sexual content are presented with a warning before they can see the video. However, this can be bypassed without even logging in

One Twitch user, Makari, shared an image of one streamer sitting in a state of implied nudity in an office chair, with a decorative ‘overlay’ on her broadcast encouraging users to type a text prompt into the chat: ‘!S to see ALL of me.’

Makari wrote on X: ‘Loaded up Twitch and thought I’d opened up some dodgy sex cam site… Another weak another round of stupidity for Twitch…’

Posting the same image, another user said: ‘Get this garbage off Twitch. It’s disrespectful for content creators, adults, anyone. Perma-ban and clean your f****** site up bud.’ 

Streamer Keeoh wrote: ‘Twitch is 13+ but basically allowing adult content now’, with an emoji of a troubled expression.

Commenting on another image of a Twitch streamer in a state of implied nudity, another X user said: ‘Twitch is for all ages. There are kids who watch their Minecraft streamers on Twitch. 

‘Why are weirdos like this using Twitch of all places to post content like this?? there are adult spaces for this kind of content. It’s f****** disgusting.’

Others believe that Twitch has to find a balance between allowing nudity in artistic contexts and avoiding an influx of smutty content on a website that targets itself at children aged 13 and up.

Yaroslav Melnyk, co-founder of Kudos.tv, which produces overlays for Twitch streamers’ live videos, told MailOnline: ‘I’m not particularly in favor of seeing such content on Twitch. 

‘However, I acknowledge that there might be a place for it, albeit under very strict conditions. This content should be allowed only if it’s presented in a genuinely artistic context.’

Mr Melnyk pointed to Instagram’s introduction of a sensitive content filter in 2021 as an example of tech companies giving people the ability to opt out of – or into – seeing unsavoury images and videos. 

Instagram can also, at any time, request that users verify their age with photographic ID or with the Yoti app, which is certified by the UK Government as a digital identity card in certain circumstances. 

OnlyFans, the website used by many Twitch streamers to share adult content, also requires users to verify their age in order to create an account.

He added: ‘For Twitch, adopting similar age verification and moderation processes could be beneficial, ensuring a safer environment, especially for younger users.

‘But I think that such solutions are not complete fixes; the issue lies on a different level altogether. I believe the responsibility for monitoring children’s online exposure primarily falls on the parents.

‘Broadening the scope, this issue goes beyond just nudity in online content. It’s part of a larger conversation about how children engage with the internet.’

Yaroslav Melnyk, of streaming services website Kudos.tv, believes sexualised content should only be allowed in a 'genuinely artistic context'

Yaroslav Melnyk, of streaming services website Kudos.tv, believes sexualised content should only be allowed in a ‘genuinely artistic context’

Twitch streamer Morgpie is among those to have livestreamed in a state of implied nudity

Twitch streamer Morgpie is among those to have livestreamed in a state of implied nudity

Her early streams of implied nudity saw her suspended from Twitch until the firm overhauled its terms of service

Her early streams of implied nudity saw her suspended from Twitch until the firm overhauled its terms of service

The ‘topless Twitch stream’ scandal is thought to have started with streamers Asianbunny and Morgpie, who both appeared to stream topless earlier in December.

Analytics from TwitchTracker suggest their viewships have skyrocketed in December, around the time they began streaming in a state of implied nudity. Asianbunny has gained an extra 200,000 followers, while Morgpie’s average viewership has doubled.

Figures suggest Morgpie’s streams peaked at 11,000 viewers this month. Streaming tool StreamYard suggests that Twitch streamers with an average of 10,000 average viewers can make $30,000 a month from streaming alone.

Streamers creating sexualised content say it’s allowed under Twitch’s content guidelines, as long as it is labelled – and stress that it is not suitable for children.

Morgpie later told streaming news site Dexerto that she was actually wearing clothing on her implied nudity streams, albeit out of sight. Both she and Asianbunny were temporarily banned from Twitch until it revised its rules.

She said: ‘I just wanted to say, my streams are always labeled 18-plus. You know, I’m taking every step I possibly can there. 

‘I love Twitch as a platform and that’s the reason why I’m there and not somewhere else. Over 70 percent of [Twitch’s viewer base] is over the age of 18. 

‘So, for the people who are saying that Twitch is predominantly underage, teenage people, it’s just not true.’

Twitch itself says that 70 percent of its users are between the ages of 18 and 34. It has not disclosed the proportion of its user base that is under 18. 

Some users say that the revised guidelines are a ‘win’ for those who wish to produce sexual content on the platform.

Asmongold, a male streamer with 3.5million Twitch followers, tweeted that the changes were a ‘W’ (a win) for so-called ‘boob streamers’ — those who deliberately stream in provocative clothing in order to acquire subscribers.

He wrote: ‘Twitch isn’t and has never been a safe space for underage people.

‘While I don’t like (these streamers) personally, I don’t think I have the moral authority to tell other people what they’re allowed to do.’

The notion of sexual content on the platform, which launched in 2011 with a focus on videogame content, is nothing new.

It has since evolved to include livestreams of all kinds, from ‘just chatting’ social spaces to musicians and other artists broadcasting their creative process live, and even political debates and live sports.

But the evolution of the platform to encompass a wider range of interests has seen a rise in pseudo-sexual content, particularly the infamous ‘hot tub’ streams in which users, mostly women, sit in paddling pools in swimming costumes.

Belle Delphine was an early adopter of ‘hot tub’ streaming on Twitch – and later sold jars of what she claimed was her bath water

Kaitlin Saragusa, known as Amouranth, was also an early proponent of 'hot tub' streams and now claims to make $1.5 million every month from OnlyFans

Kaitlin Saragusa, known as Amouranth, was also an early proponent of ‘hot tub’ streams and now claims to make $1.5 million every month from OnlyFans

Amouranth said in an interview with Forbes that her hot tub videos 'skyrocketed' her career, sending her earnings from Twitch and OnlyFans into the stratosphere

Amouranth said in an interview with Forbes that her hot tub videos ‘skyrocketed’ her career, sending her earnings from Twitch and OnlyFans into the stratosphere

Streamers such as Belle Delphine and Amouranth, who have both since pivoted to producing adult content on OnlyFans, for which they rake in millions, are among those who grew an audience by broadcasting in bikinis. 

Amouranth, real name Kaitlin Saragusa, now claims to make $100,000 (£79,000) a month from Twitch, and $1.5million (£1.185m) a month on OnlyFans – crediting her hot tub streams for her popularity in an interview with Forbes.

She told the magazine: ‘That really kind of skyrocketed the career. It took my Twitch from 30k a month to 100k a month.’

Delphine was particularly notorious for her ‘hot tub’ streams, which saw her sell containers that purported to contain the bath water she had sat in on her stream. 

Discourse around the topic in 2021 prompted Twitch to take a stand in favour of the streamers, creating a dedicated ‘pools, hot tubs and beaches’ category and issuing an official company line: ‘Being found to be sexy by others is not against our rules.’

However, Twitch has acted to stamp out other content that should not be targeted at children. In 2022, it announced a ban on streaming certain types of gambling content, such as slots and roulette tables.

Like many video platforms, Twitch offers an app on the App Store and Google Play – and it must be careful to avoid actively promoting access to adult content and pornography, forbidden under Apple and Google’s rules.

Other apps, including that for social network Tumblr, have fallen foul of this rule in the past – prompting the site to ban pornographic content altogether for four years.

A Twitch spokesperson said: ‘Sexually explicit content is strictly prohibited on Twitch, as outlined in our sexual content policy. We diligently apply these guidelines and quickly enforce against any violative content.

‘As with many online services, creators must clearly label some categories of content, using Content Classification Labels (CCLs). Streams labeled with CCLs are blocked from homepage recommendations because of the visual nature of those topics, and are gated behind a warning message and interstitial, shielding them from view.

‘Youth under the age of 13 are not permitted to use or access Twitch. Using automated tools and behavioral signals, we monitor Twitch 24/7/365 for content and channels that may violate our youth safety policy, including under-13 accounts, and quickly suspend those accounts.’



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