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Amazon’s Twitch Makes Changes to Address Child Predation on Platform

Video game livestreaming site has struggled to keep underage kids from opening accounts.

Twitch is taking steps to address problems of child predation on the video livestreaming platform. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Twitch is taking steps to address problems of child predation on the video livestreaming platform. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe

Twitch, the video game livestreaming site popular with teens and kids, announced changes it’s making on the platform to increase safety for its young users in the wake of criticism that it enables child predation.

On Tuesday, Amazon.com Inc.-owned Twitch said it has introduced mandatory phone verification requirements and fortified technology used to catch and terminate accounts belonging to people under 13, among other measures.