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Twitch removes 7.5 million bot accounts, loses over 2 million followers

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Highlights:

  • Twitch Is Removing 7.5 Million Bot Accounts Inflating Viewer Numbers.
  • The news comes after users saw steep drops in their follow counts.
  • A lot of streamers were impacted by bot accounts.

Twitch will now use the power of machine learning to identify who’s a human and who’s a robot impostor. Game streaming platform Twitch has just unleashed a massive wave of bans across the site targeting accounts that participate in follow-botting and view-botting, with over 7 million accounts reportedly banned.

Twitch Spokesperson said:

“We have been monitoring the rise of fake engagement on Twitch and have identified 7.5MM+ accounts that break our TOS by follow-botting and view-botting. We are taking action on these accounts and appreciate all of the reports about this issue”

On top of removing the bot accounts, the company said that it may also take legal action and has previously sued viewer bot sellers in order to curb fake popularity ratings. However, the company noted that “we don’t punish users who are victims of bot attacks.”

Twitch Bans 7 Million Bots To Cut Back Inflated View Counts

The company follows up this statement by saying that the wave of bans will hit both view bots and follow bots. As such, Twitch streamers may notice that their average view count and/or their follower count drop as a result of the removals.

Some people noticed a change immediately, with one streamer showing their decreased follower account in the Tweet’s replies.

The company follows up this statement by saying that the wave of bans will hit both view bots and follow bots. As such, Twitch streamers may notice that their average view count and/or their follower count drop as a result of the removals.

Some people noticed a change immediately, with one streamer showing their decreased follower account in the Tweet’s replies.

Twitch has always had an issue with botting, especially since it’s tough to get rid of them once they arrive properly. Hopefully, Twitch’s new bot detection technology will ensure all those followers and viewers in a stream are the real deal.

Unfortunately, this does mean that streamers have to rely on real human engagement to boost their metrics. However, there are still ways that streamers can make their content more appealing for human viewers, such as getting involved with other streamers.

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