Most social media platforms are required by law to have new users who are 13 years of age or older to create an account. Twitch is no different. But if you joke about being 12 years old in chat, you will be banned from the streaming platform, even if you have already reached the required age to use it.
Streamer Toastie shared a clip from his recent Twitch stream on Twitter talking about how he has seen many of his fans kicked off Twitch for writing that they are 12 years old as a joke in chat. He talked about a user named hughseyy_ as an example.
“You can’t say ‘I’m 12’ guys,” Toastie said. “I’ve seen people get banned for that on my own channel. If you say ‘I’m 12’ and then say ‘haha kidding’ there is a bot on Twitch that will block you. So not even.
In the middle of his lecture, hughesyy_ initially wrote “I’m 13” and then wrote “sorry I meant 12,” despite warnings from Toastie. “All it takes is for someone to report you and you walk away,” he said. Five minutes later, Toastie discovered that hughesyy_’s account had been banned from Twitch indefinitely. Seeing another member of her community kicked off the platform for doing something she told them not to do immediately left her speechless.
Twitch seems to deal with underage users just as quickly as it does with other issues, like bigotry and bullying. If he finds out that you are under 13, whether you are telling the truth or not, your account can be quickly deleted. With COPPA focused on protecting children under the age of 12 online, their hands are tied.