How To Blacklist and Ban Words in Twitch
Want to know how to blacklist and ban words in Twitch? Want to control the language that you hear on Twitch? Make your channel accessible by all ages or cultures? Want to control the amount of swear words or insults thrown around in Twitch chat? This tutorial will show you how to ban words on Twitch.
There is a fine line between free speech and harassment or generally being annoying. If you spend time and effort streaming on Twitch, you want to make those streams a place where people like to spend time. You want to allow people to have freedom of expression but also to allow people to hang out in safety.
The balance has to be struck between protecting First Amendment rights with the rights of others to live without the bullying, hate speech, insults and the general toxicity that can happen in an online community.
In essence, managing a Twitch channel is a microcosmic version of the larger problems our society is contending with right now with civility.
The good news is that you have more control over your Twitch channel than you do most of the world around you!
Twitch AutoMod to Automatically Ban Words on Twitch
Twitch uses AutoMod which is an automatic bot that blacklists and bans words in Twitch for you. It can help block the worst toxicity that can occur on the platform.
AutoMod isn’t perfect but it does seem to go a long way toward protecting your Twitch streams from the worst comments and language you might otherwise see. You can configure AutoMod to be as strict or as relaxed as you deem necessary given your preferences.
AutoMod will flag messages for you to allow or deny. It will not automatically block or mute anybody nor will it initiate timeouts against users for you. You’ll still have to initiate blocking, muting, and timeouts manually.
What AutoMod does do for you is monitor chat on your behalf and flag something up for you to check and allow or deny as you see fit. It’s perfect for enabling you to retain control of moderation with help from a bot specifically designed to flag questionable content for you.
To use AutoMod:
- Log into Twitch and navigate to Channel Settings.
- Find Chat Options and select Choose Level.
- Select the AutoMod level you want to use.
- Select Save at the bottom.
The five AutoMod levels are numbered. Level 0 is the most relaxed and will allow most things through except default terms set by Twitch. Level 1 is slightly more controlling and will remove hate speech. Level 2 removes sexually explicit language and abusive language. Level 3 adds more sexually explicit and abusive language to the block list. Level 4 adds more swearwords and some trash talk.
Configuring AutoMod further
Twitch regularly monitors channels to identify new words and how AutoMod performs. It should alert you to most words automatically and does a good job of blacklisting and banning words in Twitch. There is also a whitelist and blacklist you can configure manually for full control.
Customization of AutoMod is especially useful if your viewers are using slang, non-English words or using words that you want to ban but that slip through AutoMod’s filters.
- Log into Twitch and navigate to Channel Settings.
- Select ‘Blocked/Permitted List, Powered by AutoMod’.
- Type the word(s) you want to block in the box under Blocked Terms and select Add.
- Select Save at the bottom of the page once done.
AutoMod will block the entire term you add rather than individual words. So if you add a term with a common use word as well as something you want to ban, the common use word will not be blocked, only the complete term. Twitch allows unlimited blacklist blocking so you can configure this to your exact needs.
AutoMod allows wildcards in the form of ‘*’. For example, if you use ‘hate*’ you will block words like ‘hateful’, ‘hater’, ‘hatecrime’ and so on. It is a very useful tool for filtering out a wide array of words. Just be careful using it that you don’t inadvertently block other words too that you didn’t intend to block.
On the same page as Blocked Terms, if you scroll down you should see Permitted Terms. This is where you can configure your whitelist. If you see AutoMod blocking words you’re okay with, you can add them here. Use the same method as above, remember to save your settings and you’re golden.
Twitch AutoMod is a very capable bot that can help maintain some semblance of order on your Twitch channel. If AutoMod doesn’t quite do it for you, there is always Nightbot.
Nightbot is a third party automated moderation bot that works on YouTube and Twitch and offers a seriously powerful way to blacklist and ban words in Twitch.
I have never used Nightbot but it may be worth checking out if you’re looking for a good alternative to AutoMod.
If you need to blacklist and ban words in Twitch, AutoMod is a good start. As a configurable bot, it has everything and the included blacklist and whitelist offers granular control. Now you should be able to configure your channels to make them somewhere people can go without the toxicity that puts us off.
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Do you know of any other ways to blacklist and ban words in Twitch? Have you had experience using AutoMod or Nightbot to help you moderate your Twitch channel? If so, please leave us a comment below!