A scientific study showed that the live broadcast platform “Twitch” – affiliated with the giant American technology company Amazon – represents a danger to children, because it allows them “to interact with strangers to adults and fundraising platforms, away from parental supervision.”
The researchers said in the study – which was presented during the annual conference of the American Pediatric Association – that “a large portion of teenage users of the Twitch platform are willing to disclose their personal information even though they do not know anything about who can access this information.”
The study, which analyzed the posts of 100 teenage users who broadcast their content on the platform, added that this feature makes it very popular among computer game enthusiasts.
The researchers, who called “Twitch” a “predators’ paradise,” said they found that the 100 users who broadcast live and have 1.7 million followers mentioned their names 47% of the broadcast time, and specified their location 50% of the time, while viewers could donate money to about 37% of streamers.
The researchers added that discussions contained personal details at a rate of 11% of the broadcast time, especially broadcasters who try to get closer to viewers and carefully discuss the places that viewers frequent, noting that it takes between 12 seconds and 5 minutes to find child followers in each category. Categories of games.
The team of researchers, led by Dr. Ruth Milanek, said that parents should “monitor all of their children’s interactions on this platform to ensure their protection.”
For her part, Fiona DuBorsa, a visiting researcher at the Cohen Pediatric Center, questioned the legitimacy of the template that allows children to receive donations through the platform, which includes about 35 million daily users and 7 million live broadcasters monthly.
She said, “The idea that anyone can donate money to a broadcaster, regardless of his age, seems to be a huge manipulation,” noting that these methods of collecting money can be abused.
It is noteworthy that Twitch previously added tools that allow parents to change protection settings related to the privacy settings of any account, in addition to automated features aimed at identifying any dangerous behaviors that threaten children through the platform.
Last year, Twitch announced a campaign to cancel the accounts of users under the age of 13, after Bloomberg News published a report about the possibility of more than 270,000 young users being exposed to attempts at abuse from older users.