Twitch removed 7.5 million bots from its platform last week for falsely manipulating follower and view counts and might file lawsuits over same…
Twitch discovered more than 7.5 million bot accounts from its site last week. The bots were found to be inflating streamer stats, the Amazon subsidiary made public via tweet. Twitch is rooting out said bot accounts and warning users they may experience significant drops in their follower and view counts as a result of the purge. Now, the company is weighing taking legal action against the perpetrators.
Twitch Considering Legal Action After Purging 7.5 Million Bots for Inflating View and Follower Counts
The bots were doing things like follow-botting and view-botting. Follow-bots can increase streamers’ follower numbers, while viewer-bots push up view counts. Both of these metrics are used by Twitch to boost channels, which ironically caused the company to catch-on to the scheme. As a result of the bots removal, some streamers experienced the loss of millions of fake follow and view counts.
As a result of these removals, you may see sudden decreases in your follower and viewer count over the coming days. If you believe that you were follow- or view-botted, please check out our help article.
— Twitch Support (@TwitchSupport) April 14, 2021