Technology Twitch Temporarily Limits Supported Browsers in Response to Hate Botnet

Twitch Temporarily Limits Supported Browsers in Response to Hate Botnet

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Twitter has temporarily limited access to its streaming platform to Chrome, Edge and Firefox browsers, in response to the use of networks of automated accounts (“bots”) to generate hate.

Some Twitch users have experienced in recent days problems logging in on the platform. Through a brief statement shared on Twitter, the company has urged to go to the browsers for which it has support (Chrome, Edge and Firefox) and make sure that it is the latest update.

This response, which the company says it will soon expand with a help article, has drawn criticism for not offering an explanation. In defense of the Support account, Twitch Product Manager Tom Verrilli has referred the problem of networks of ‘bots’.

Specifically, Verrilli has explained that the limitation of compatible browsers responds to a recently detected network of active ‘bots’ that was controlled by organized groups that They wanted to spread hate.

“When that happens, we close any holes they have found, we clean the bot accounts created“, he details in a thread on the social network. And since doing this takes time, the decision was to “temporarily restrict the login in certain browsers”.

Source: Europa Press

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