As any internet users should be aware, the internet as a whole is prone to toxicity — game streaming platforms most of all. Today, Microsoft has shared some of the improvements it has implemented in Mixer to make it a more pleasant and conscientious place to stream.
- We adjusted the Mixer channel page to make it conspicuous and easy to report abuse right from the player window – for example, to report inappropriate content, including violent or extremist content, or violations of Mixer’s Rules of User Conduct.
- We updated our Mixer Rules of User Conduct to expressly prohibit terrorist and violent extremist content.
- We’re implementing a new Streamer Review system to improve validation and monitoring of new streamers on Mixer. The initial part of this system will go into place on August 29, and streamers will need to login with their Microsoft account to enable additional screening of new streaming accounts. There will also be a 24-hour waiting period before a streamer can start their first camera-capable stream.
- We are creating a new Toxicity Screen system to give streamers information and control over interactions on their channel. This will be coming later this year and will enable new filtering options to give you control over chat participation, including more automated moderation tools and restricted chat modes.
- We recognize that community channel moderators are the unsung heroes that help to keep our streamers’ channels safe and fun. They work tirelessly behind the scenes, removing content that doesn’t adhere to a channel’s unique guidelines, and removing people from channels when necessary due to continued poor behavior. For these channel moderators, we’re working on a new Moderator Program that provides improved tools and options to support their work, while also publicly recognizing and rewarding their invaluable contributions to the community.
- We are also investing in new software capabilities and our professional moderation team to actively review broadcasts, chat and activity on the service, which will better position us to quickly take action to remove or remedy harmful content.
- Because digital safety affects the entire livestreaming industry, we are committed to sharing and learning alongside other platforms to help increase safety and confidence for all livestreamers and viewers.
Microsoft will also work on new ways for Mixer streamers to interact with their audiences. The firm will add the ability for all streamers to monetize their accounts, improve Streamer analytics and add a progression dashboard to let streamers know what they can do to improve their brand. Finally, Microsoft will be launching a Mixer Academy to help Streamers improve their skills.