Being an internet troll may have just gotten very expensive for a pair of online harassment organizers. Twitch has filed a lawsuit against two individuals for repeatedly organizing hate raids against streamers.
According to a report by the Wired, the popular livestreaming platform has filed a lawsuit against CruzzControl and CreatineOverdose, alleging that they are responsible for organizing large waves of harassment and abuse toward various streamers.
The suit states that Twitch has no tolerance for hateful conduct and that they have been taking swift action toward investigating and banning people who participate in such things. They allege that these two individuals have been using automated account software (botting) to overwhelm targeted live streamers with hateful messages. This includes flooding the chat system with derogatory messages and clogging up notification systems with offensive usernames. This is commonly referred to as hate raiding.
They claim that by creating multiple different accounts and by changing the software they used to automate these bots, these two have evaded bans and other removal efforts. They believe that the two are part of a hate raiding community, and that they operate out of the Netherlands and Austria.
This isnt the first time Twitch has taken legal action against bot-users. Back in 2018, the platform took to the courts regarding a similar system. But that time, the bots were used to manipulate follower counts and viewership numbers.
This has been the most recent in an ongoing issue regarding hate raids. The activity has seen an increase in prevalence over the last few years. While Twitch claims to be making an effort, many Twitch users/streamers remain unsatisfied, reaching enough discontent for a boycott/protest to have taken place at the beginning of the month.
While we dont expect this alone to solve the problem, it does show that theyre making some kind of effort to make the hate raids stop. With any luck, this will scare enough other folks to not be so damn angry on the internet.
Hate raiding is such a lame idea. Do these people really have nothing better to do than look for strangers online to harass? Its some real beta-energy type stuff.