Twitch Briefly Bans One Of The Biggest Moderation Bots

Picture: Nightbot

If allowed to chatter and meme unchecked, Twitch chat can develop into an unstoppable avalanche of ugly habits. Many streamers depend on a minimum of a handful of volunteer or paid moderators, in addition to chat bots that enable streamers to auto-block particular phrases, cease spam earlier than it begins, and quarantine questionable feedback. Yesterday, Twitch by chance banned one of the crucial widespread bots, Nightbot.

In line with the official Nightbot Twitter account, the ban was the results of a “falsified” DMCA takedown discover from Digiturk, a Turkish TV supplier, or any person impersonating it. Kotaku reached out to Digiturk to search out out if the copyright declare really got here from the corporate, however didn’t obtain a reply by publication.


Twitch tends to behave fairly shortly on copyright-related points, generally pulling the plug on accused channels after which reviewing the scenario extra rigorously afterward. Whereas Nightbot was initially set to pay for its alleged crimes with 24 hours within the digital jailhouse, Twitch ended up releasing it after round 5 minutes. The ensuing Nightbot outage, nevertheless, lasted roughly 45 minutes, as Twitch additionally revokes utility entry when channels are banned.

It’s odd {that a} near-ubiquitous moderation bot could possibly be banned, particularly for points associated to copyright. Nevertheless, Nightbot has a Twitch account and channel—albeit not one which it makes use of to stream. Moderately, it wants a channel in order that it may possibly act like an everyday consumer, at which level streamers may give it moderation privileges of their chats and unlock its performance. All that in thoughts, it’s extremely unlikely that Nightbot was violating any Digiturk-held copyrights, provided that its Twitch channel is only a shell. And but, by some means, right here we’re.