Since Google bought Twitch for $1 bn there have been many complaints, mainly due to them muting the sound of videos if google found that unauthorized music was being used. Now the CEO has apologised and said that positive changes are coming.
It was no surprise that when Google acquired Twitch, that the hammer was going to come down hard on streamers, but when Google started to use audio monitoring tools in gamers videos many people have been left annoyed. If a streamer had 10 seconds of unauthorised music in their stream, even if it was part of the games OST, then that user could see their stream muted for a whole 30 minutes. When Twitch’s CEO, Emmett Shear, took to Reddit to find out the publics opinion he realised that they might have made a mistake, for example, what happens when someone tries to do a Rock Band playthrough? Yup, it would be muted from start to finish.
Now, Emmett has apologised and has said improvements will be seen soon. There have already been some, such as an “appeal” button for videos that have been flagged for violations and also the maximum time limits applied to highlights being removed. It will be interesting to find out what they do with the music in the streams though.
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