Erin Aureylian Wayne, Twitch’s Director of Community and Streaming, announced that the platform is no longer tagged “Blind Walkthrough”. For a long time, it was sought to be removed by activists who thought the phrase discriminated against blind and visually impaired people.
In June, Steven Spon, executive director of the charitable fund for players with disabilities notedthat there is a lot of offensive language for people with disabilities on Twitch. In addition to the tag “Blind pass”, he also drew attention to the English idiom “falling on deaf ears”, which translated into Russian meant “deaf ears”, and other established phrases such as “blind to criticism.” Spon invites streamers to remove ambiguous expressions during broadcasts.
Twitch manager Dale Cruz previously raised the topic of working with the community on the topic of an accessible and inclusive environment several times. For example, him call ahead people with Tourette’s do not hesitate to create channels on the platform and “feel at home”.