Amazon’s video game live-streaming platform Twitch has formed an advisory council of experienced users, online security experts and anti-rogues to help improve security on the site, Twitch said in a blog post on Thursday.

The council’s eight members will advise on product and policy changes, focusing on areas such as the oppression and protection of marginalized groups.

Twitch, Which was used to stream footage from shooting attacks in Germany last October, said its security operations team doubled in size this year and added new tools to help its volunteer channel intermediaries.

company said It uses a combination of human intermediaries and automation to handle the moderation reports it receives.

Twitch, which says it has 15 million daily users, is primarily a site where Video gamer You can livestream your game and chat with other users, although it also has channels focused on sports, music and politics. US President Donald Trump last year Joined Forum.

Co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center at the council, Drs. Sameer Hinduja, sociologist TL Taylor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), whose research focuses on online gaming, Alex Holmes, deputy CEO at a UK-based youth charity. Emma Lanso is the director of the Diana Award and the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Free Expression Project.

In addition, the council has experienced twitch streamers Koharnez, Kapahanoodle, Zizran and Ferrokiststar.

Twitch said that while this council was developing, we felt it necessary to engage both experts, who could provide an outside perspective, as well as Twitch streamers, who understood the unique challenges and perspectives of the creators . blog post.

The move has added Twitch to a list of social platforms that have formed councils to advise on site decisions, such as Twitter, which formed its Trust and Security Council in 2016.

In March, Chinese social video app Tiktok, which is facing US scrutiny over data-sharing and censorship concerns, called on members of a U.S.-centric content moderation committee to give “unpublished views” on its policies. Name given.

Last week, social media giant Facebook Announced The first member of its Oversight Board, a high-profile effort to respond to criticism over content moderation decisions.

but unlike Of facebook The Oversight Board, which could reverse the company’s decision on certain content, a Twitch spokesperson told Reuters that its council would not make the moderation decision.

The spokesman said that the council would meet regularly. When asked about transparency on the group’s advice, he said Twitch hopes to share periodic updates to his work.

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