User streams New Zealand terror attack on Artifact's Twitch section

Twitch's Artifact section has a big problem, and that became abundantly clear when thirty minutes of the New Zealand terror attack aired live on the streaming platform.

Rod Breslau
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Artifact is not a remotely popular game, and the result on Twitch has been really troubling. Over the past few weeks, Twitch streamers have started going live in the Artifact section of the platform with content that is not actually gameplay from the CCG. Viewers have been treated to pornographic content, and a lot of other bizarre things, but today someone streamed footage of the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. The stream stayed live for thirty minutes before Twitch ultimately had it taken down.

Rod Breslau immediately reported the stream via Twitch, and then took to Twitch to signal boost what was happening on the Artifact section of the streaming service. He had pointed out pornography being streamed to thousands of people, just yesterday.

Twitch has a problem moderating Artifact channels, and trolls are running wild in there. It is pretty easy to get to the top of the Artifact section these days with unrelated content. Rod's tweet ultimately got the attention of Twitch, and the rebroadcast of the terror attack was halted, but it ran for 30 minutes before anything was done. That is unacceptable, and hopefully this is a wakeup call to all live streaming platforms about the dangers of poorly moderated user-generated content streams.

"People have been messing with the abandoned Artifact section on Twitch for days now streaming porn, movies, and ice poseidon content. Twitch staff absolutely should have been on top of it to maker sure content like this is not broadcasted," said Breslau in a tweet.

We will not be making any mention of the channels involved in these terrible streams. It is not our job to signal boost this disgusting act, but the fact that a terror attack was rebroadcast for 30 minutes is a huge failure on the part of Twitch as a platform, and they must be held accountable.  

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    May 27, 2019 10:30 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, User streams New Zealand terror attack on Artifact's Twitch section

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      May 27, 2019 10:36 AM

      Wow. That is a huge blow to Twitch’s reputation.

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        May 27, 2019 10:37 AM

        Also I don’t imagine that Valve will be happy to have their game associated with this mess.

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          May 27, 2019 10:38 AM

          It is absurd. The whole Twitch section for the game. It is a mess.

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            May 27, 2019 10:53 AM

            I've been looking for a new porn site since my preferred destination went offline. Looks like Artifact on Twitch is going to be my new homepage

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              May 27, 2019 4:27 PM

              I’ve been looking for a Netflix alternative with a more recent selection. Thanks Artifact!

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      May 27, 2019 11:44 AM

      Are the users going to get banned?

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        May 27, 2019 11:51 AM

        Yeah, the channel was taken down. But the movement to stream whatever in the Artifact Section continues. I saw someone streaming Breaking Bad and Twitch was monetizing the stream.

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      May 27, 2019 11:48 AM

      i watched endgame again in that twitch section lol. someone was streaming it

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      May 27, 2019 11:59 AM

      Why would Artifact be more susceptible to this versus other sections ?

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      May 27, 2019 12:03 PM

      I clicked on Artifact the other day and it was all movies, TV shows and some gay porn being streamed. Dozens of channels like that on a game that was on the front page of most watched, and apparently this has been going on for a few days. It made me think Twitch's monitoring/moderation must be basically non-existent.

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      May 27, 2019 12:33 PM

      For kicks I just went their now and pretty much every Artifact stream on Twitch is not about the game. Movies, tv shows, memes. Twitch looks like it isn’t doing anything.

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      May 27, 2019 12:37 PM

      Yeesh. 🤦‍♂️

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      May 27, 2019 12:39 PM

      I saw 9/11 footage on repeat and the Notre Dame fire as well.

      I heard someone was streaming a list of /r/watchpeopledie videos but never saw it.

      People are sick.

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      May 27, 2019 12:48 PM

      That's shitty about the terrorist stuff. The concept of exploiting Artifact being dead is hilarious to me though.

      Maybe Justin.TV is making a comeback.

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        May 27, 2019 2:35 PM

        It is 100% the return of Justin.tv. Yesterday I watched the last half of The Silence Of The Lambs with a chat room filled with zoomers who had no idea what Dr Lecter was going to do to those poor guards.

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          May 27, 2019 2:42 PM

          Why is this occurring? Is twitch losing money or reducing moderators? Is it losing vieewers or is it so damn huge it's hard to moderate now? (I have no idea, I kinda don't ever watch twitch anymore)

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            May 27, 2019 2:45 PM

            Mods asleep at the wheel, idk. The weird thing is that porn streams started being taken down very quickly while you’d have longass Marvel movies and such playing all the way through until around 7pm last night, then the hammer really started coming down on everything else.

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      May 27, 2019 1:47 PM

      Double check your spelling of Rod's name

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      May 27, 2019 2:47 PM

      wtf there's still a stream still going

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      May 27, 2019 3:04 PM

      /opens Artifact category

      /sees nazi propaganda videos on top of hardcore porn videos

      /closes Twitch

      Well okay then

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        May 27, 2019 3:07 PM

        Yeah literal nazi videos. Wow

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        May 27, 2019 3:17 PM

        Yesterday was much better, wholesome even if there was a good movie running. Today its literally /b

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      May 27, 2019 3:06 PM

      Ha jesus christ. I just searched Artifact and the first video stream is just a loop of audio saying the N-Word over and over.

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      May 27, 2019 5:14 PM

      It shouldn't have a Section Header. That's hand-in-hand with "We're already working on the 3 DLC packages for this game we have not yet completed, released, or TRIED to sell."

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      May 27, 2019 6:22 PM

      Yeah, there was hardcore lesbian porn showing on the #3 channel in the "Just Chatting" category last night. It was going on for at least 10minutes that I saw.... gg Twitch.