Twitch has removed the “blind playthrough” tag following criticism and complaints. Since the introduction of tags – which are used for streaming platform identification and recommendation system – “blind playthrough” has been a tag to indicate that the streamer is playing through something for the first time. That said, while the tag has been there since the feature was established, it is no longer an option for streamers.
The tag recently caught fire, with critics citing its use of capable language. Responding to this, Twitch has removed the tag. Twitch is the news transmission Erin “Aureylian” Wayne, and noted that the decision was to encourage a more inclusive language in the Twitch community. Wayne follows this by pointing out that streamers can use “First Playthrough” or “No Spoilers” or a combination of both to transmit the same message.
“Happy to see that Twitch has listened to everyone who shared feedback and removed the ‘Blind Playthrough’ tag to encourage more inclusive language for our community,” said Wayne. “You can still use ‘First Playthrough’ or choose to use it in combination with ‘No Spoilers’ for the same sentiment.
Responding to this response, many have been quick to applaud the change, including Steven Spohn, AbleGamers Charity COO, who has spoken about the issue with the phrase in the past.
I am happy to see Twitch follow through on promises to address and resolve issues and concerns of the disability community. It’s just the beginning.
For those who will ask what’s wrong with “blind playthrough” here is the thread that started thishttps: //t.co/c3uN9LtRQb https://t.co/1y7DGqcFZ0
– Steven Spohn (Spawn) (@stevenspohn) December 4, 2020
Of course, there has also been some backlash about the change. In fact, the majority of replies and tweets are negative, but this is always the case when Twitch does anything in the name of inclusivity.
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