Twitch to prohibit the use of the word ‘simp’ following the new Terms of Service update

Nafiu Aziz
By Nafiu Aziz
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As Twitch’s Terms of services is about to get a facelift, most streamers or average viewers are still not actually aware of how exactly it will affect their experience on the platform.

Recently, Twitch made an announcement that they will be updating their Terms of services to combat the overwhelming amount of harassment and toxicity some of these content creators face on a regular basis.

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Alongside banning the use of the Confederate flags, seems like Twitch is also taking a hard stance against viewers making inappropriate remarks. According to the new rules, apparently, people can no longer use terms like ‘simp’, ‘incel’, and ‘virgin in Twitch chat.

New harassment policies

The word ‘simp’ became a tool for online harassment despite its harmless origin as a joke. As the word became more popular, many people started to use the term in almost any context thus making the term meaningless.

Twitch might ban the use of these words after their new ToS which will go live on January 22nd, 2021. Furthermore, Twitch’s new rule also dictate any and all lewd or explicit comments about anyone’s sexuality or physical appearance will also be prohibited.

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It is still hard to tell exactly how twitch will handle the issue with viewers using these terms. Will that be a permanent ban is still unclear. As it stands now, people won’t be even able to use emotes that resemble any hateful characteristics after the new ToS goes live.


Nafiu Aziz is an avid gamer and a writer at GameRiv, covering Apex Legends, CS:GO, VALORANT, and plenty of other popular FPS titles in between. He scours the internet daily to get the latest scoop in esports.