Twitch chat can be an amazing experience that brings people together, but it can also be a horrible and hateful place. Twitch channels have traditionally regulated their streams with community appointed mods, who will warn, time out and ban users who are engaging in toxic chat.
But modding channels can be difficult, especially if the viewership is large. When there are a ton of people all talking at once, the chat can be hard to follow and moderate, and sometimes the sludge seeps through and brings everyone down.
Twitch is introducing AutoMod to help with this problem. Streamers can now select from four levels of strictness that will catch language relating to identity, sexually explicit language, aggressive speech and profanity. The message will be then held in a queue that moderators will then check over. If they deny it, the message will never be posted. If they allow it, the chat will go up like normal. The user who sent the chat will also be notified that their message is under review.
What more though, AutoMod will also be able to detect “misspellings of prohibited words, potentially inappropriate strings of emotes and other characters or symbols that others could use to evade filtering.”
AutoMod is currently available for English chats and will be adding additional languages soon. You can adjust your AutoMod stringency levels by going to the settings section of your Twitch channel.