Twitch’s new boost feature disabled after porn appears on front page

Twitch, we have a problem.

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Twitch’s controversial paid promotion, or stream “boost,” feature has been temporarily deactivated after the website’s front page was flooded with streams broadcasting porn.

Twitch streamer TheNoosh22 was among the first to notice a problem on Twitch’s front page when a boosted stream featured a topless woman. With a glaringly obvious “Promoted by the community” tag attached to the pornographic stream, there was no denying how exactly this stream appeared on the front page.

Though the user was banned after publicly displaying porn on the prominent website, it was not the only time this happened. Streamer reporter Zach Bussey posted another screengrab of a boosted stream displaying similar pornographic images from a different account. It seems after two strikes, the company decided it was time to re-evaluate the feature after being abused by trolls. For the time being, the paid promotion feature is offline with no indication on how long it will take before the service is reimplemented.

The paid feature is a relatively new addition to Twitch’s growing arm of services. When this function is active, users can spend money to promote a stream and appear on Twitch’s front page. While the service is meant to help in user discoverability through generous donations, it was obviously proven susceptible to trolls and misuse.

Countless viewers, streamers, and even former Twitch employees have been vocal in their disapproval of the prospective service. While many are worried it would turn the site into a “pay-to-win” game, others, such as Twitch’s most popular streamer xQc, plainly condemned the concept. The boost feature has relatively few supporters, though all of Twitch will be temporarily free from the service for the time being.