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jm | Video games: Government wants to ‘stop this online hate’

Together with Minister Delegate for Gender Equality Isabelle Rome: “I hope that in the coming days we will bring together all stakeholders (…)” to determine “what might be the right solutions (in order to) end this unacceptable online hate,” said Jean-Noel Barrault, Delegate Minister for Digital Transition, at the opening of Paris Games Week, France’s premier trade fair for the sector.

In recent days, the world of French streamers has been shocked by many chilling testimonies of these video game players sharing and commenting on their games live.

Several female figures, with supporting evidence, have denounced the sexist and sexual cyberviolence they have suffered over the years on the networks.

On YouTube, as on Twitch and other platforms, this topic is not new and is too relevant, streamers complain, and the MeToo wave is five years old. In early 2021, a dedicated online hate unit was set up at the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office, and since 2009, the general public can report illegal behavior and content on the Pharos platform.

Predominantly present on Twitch, owned by the Amazon giant, the main French-speaking streamers are men such as Squeezie and ZeratoR, whose channels have peak audiences of one million and 700,000 viewers respectively.

Twitch, which signed the European Union Code of Conduct against online hate in June, announced in December 2021 that it was building a system to detect malicious users following a wave of racist and homophobic harassment.

The EU Code of Conduct against Online Hate, launched in 2016, has been signed by about ten parties, including Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Dailymotion, Jeuxvideo.com, TikTok and LinkedIn, as well as the messaging app Viber.

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