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Twitch logo seen displayed on a smartphone and a PC screen. Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Twitch will improve its ability to detect bad actors on its platform, the company announced Wednesday, after being criticized for its failures to protect marginalized streamers from being inundated with hate speech as they broadcast live on the service.

Why it matters: Amazon-owned Twitch is the dominant player for live-streaming games in much of the world, but it remains a treacherous platform for anyone streaming who isn't a cishet white male.

Between the lines: A Twitter-based movement dubbed "Twitch Do Better" has been making the rounds for several days, after streamer RekItRaven posted a clip of its viewer chat being filled with comments such as "this channel now belongs to the KKK."

  • Its experience wasn't unique. Streamer Omega Jones shared a clip on Tuesday in which he's playing a game, only to see his chat filled with the N-word.
  • "Twitch, do f--king better, end of story," he said.

In a four-tweet acknowledgment of the problem, Twitch vowed to have "an open and ongoing dialogue about creator safety."

  • The company says it identified and is fixing a problem with its "proactive" chat filters and will roll out "channel-level ban evasion detection and account verification improvements" before the end of the year.

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Twitch engagement drops after users protest company's handling of hate

Data: Gamesight Analytics; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

The number of people watching and streaming on Twitch was down significantly yesterday, the day of a user protest over the platform’s failure to effectively deal with hate speech.

Why it matters: The drop-off in usage proved the concerns resonated with a lot of Twitch users, even if the decline wasn’t big enough to have a major economic impact on the Amazon-owned company.

Trump blasts “wacky” GOP Sen. Cassidy after “Axios on HBO” interview

Former President Trump on Monday blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) after he told "Axios on HBO" that he is not sure Trump could win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Driving the news: When told that Trump could be expected to win the nomination, Cassidy jumped in saying: "I don't know that."

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Biden's carbon emissions-cutting pledge faces tough climb

Image from the Rhodium Group study "Pathways to Paris." Courtesy of the Rhodium Group.

The verdict is in: President Biden's U.S. emissions-cutting pledge isn't a fantasy, but the path to meeting it is very difficult and relies on forces outside of White House control.

Driving the news: The Rhodium Group just released an analysis of policy combinations that could close the gap between the current U.S. trajectory and Biden's vow under the Paris Agreement to cut emissions in half by 2030.