A Twitch user’s misogynist rant has brought the streaming platform’s standards under scrutiny. Last week, professional streamer Trainwrecks lashed out at a group of female Twitch users he deemed “sluts,” telling his audience to “put the pussy where it belongs, on the fucking ground.” Trainwrecks is a member of Twitch’s Partner program, which Twitch bills as an “exclusive” club that lets streamers run paid channels among other perks. The clip spread across Twitter and YouTube, and Twitch temporarily suspended Trainwrecks for hate speech — but said nothing about its de facto endorsement of him. Instead of making the company’s position clear, the move has only heightened long-standing confusion over Twitch policies — without taking a lasting stand against sexism. As Polygon pointed out in a report this week, many Twitch streamers find the site’s moderation policies erratic. The platform guidelines say first- or second-time offenders are usually banned for 24 hours, with third-time offenders suspended indefinitely, but the exact period is up to Twitch; Trainwrecks, for instance, was suspended for five days over what by his description was a second offense. Lead community manager Aureylian has said that not all punishments are visible bans. The actual policies can also sound confusing, like a rule against “non-gaming” content — which seemingly conflicts with the site’s openness to “IRL” streaming. Since Polygon’s report, Twitch has said it’s removing this specific section of its policy, and revising the list of banned “non-endemic” content. But since Twitch doesn’t comment on individual cases, it’s impossible to tell why one user might get a warning while another user is banned, which fosters mistrust and suspicion. In this case, it’s exacerbated animosity toward the target of Trainwrecks’ speech: female Twitch users who emphasize sex appeal rather than gaming prowess. Although Trainwrecks issued an apology, Reddit commenters jumped in to support him, claiming Twitch singled him out while letting “self-proclaimed camwhores” break its rules. These claims only intensified when Twitch issued a much shorter 24-hour ban to a female streamer over a sexually explicit video