Twitch takes strict action against bots on its network
Twitch has finally decided to take strict action against makers of bots on its network and the action includes filing lawsuit against seven bot developers and sellers. Twitch announced a new policy that the company will implement in future to deal with bots that inflate follower count and viewership on its livestreaming network.
The popular live streaming network has finally declared a war on sellers of viewbot services that run on its network to cheat in terms of viewership and follower numbers. Twitch has filed a lawsuit against seven most active sellers of viewbot in federal court.
Twitch informed about the move on its official blog. Twitch marketing VP Matthew DiPietro said that the company is well aware of follow-bots, view-bots and fake chatbots on its network. The company has also requested the court to order shutdown of bot services. The company has not specified the amount it is seeking in damages in the lawsuit.
Twitch marketing VP Matthew DiPietro said, “For those unaware, these bots are used to artificially inflate the apparent view count, follower count, and chat activity on a Twitch channel. Sometimes these bots are used by a broadcaster who believes the perception of higher viewership and social activity will put them on the fast-track to success or Twitch partnership.”
DiPietro continued, “Other times, bots are used to harass other broadcasters in order to attempt to deny them partnership, or get their channel suspended. All of this is enabled by bot services offered by a handful of sellers who make misleading claims for their own commercial benefit. We take this situation very seriously and would like you to know what we’re doing about it.”
Automated bots are causing issues on many online services. At times, people fall for such services as they seek to increase their viewership count or followership.
In the lawsuit Twitch claimed that one of the defendants, Erik Bouchouev, operates five separate websites. Bouchouev’s websites offer bot packages that range from $9.99 per month for 75 viewers to $38.99 per month for 475 viewers. Twitch has requested the court to shutdown similar services.
A PC Mag report informed, "The company says the court case is the latest part of its ongoing crusade to eradicate artificial bots from its network. It also uses "technological solutions" to detect false viewers and remove them, and encourages users to report suspected bots to its moderators and customer support reps."
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