Twitch is adding more than 350 new tags this week for creators to use when categorizing their livestreams.
In a blog post released last Friday, Twitch announced that the new tags primarily relate to matters of “gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ability, mental health, and more.”
The hundreds of new tags were selected in consultation with several third-party organizations, including SpecialEffect, AbleGamers, GLAAD, and The Trevor Project, who aim to support “ the progress of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and marginalized communities.”
Previously, Twitch had sought to keep tags related to the content covered by the stream, rather than what the streamer stood for or supported. This post acknowledges that this was a huge area in which creators and the community wanted to see a change.
“It took us too long to embrace that there should have been hundreds of ways for creators to share who they are and issues they care about,” the blog post reads. “The Twitch community is incredibly diverse and the tags available to creators should reflect and celebrate that.”
Even with such a large number of tags added, Twitch acknowledges that it will certainly have missed some which communities are eager to see added. As such the blog notes that you can submit suggestions through the UserVoice system.
The new tags come close on the heels of Twitch adding a new Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches category. The post covering that addition went into detail on Twitch’s internal discussions over their policy on sexually suggestive content, and the broad reach of the “Just Chatting” category. The new category is suggested for anyone streaming while wearing swimwear allowed under the “Swim and Beaches” exception to Twitch’s standard Nudity and Attire policy.
“This is not intended to be our long-term solution to improve brand targeting capabilities and increase personalization in our recommendations. It does, however, solve a few issues for all audiences in the near term.”
Twitch will be hosting a stream at 9:30 am PST on May 26 to discuss the new tags and address questions from the community.