“You were awful, but we loved you (sorta).”
Boiler Room has announced that they’ve shut down their chatroom and will only be allowing viewers to comment on their broadcasts via Facebook.
Back in June, Boiler Room said they would address bigotry in their comments section after Glaswegian producer Nightwave suffered a load of toxic commentary during a set she played for them in Paris.
Host and programmer Gabriel Szatan spoke to FACT about how to make changes to the platform without compromising its original intentions:
“We obviously can’t just shut down any comment when someone is like, ‘They fucked up that mix, that song is shit’ but we can’t allow straight up vile transphobic, misogynistic, racist things to carry on… As the biggest live streaming company in the underground that should stand [up] for its liberal values, we know now that it’s our responsibility to lead the field.”
Shutting down the chatroom helps to ameliorate those toxicity problems. Speaking again to FACT today via email, Szatan says: “It’s more of a function switch on the website than a way to eradicate our community. Facebook we have mods now for every show and what blew up with Nightwave has thankfully really abated.”
Boiler Room is, however, aware that this isn’t a perfect solution: “We’re aware there is a downside of what actually made it bearable: music heads connecting from across the world as the show took place,” he says.
“But as Facebook Live has seriously taken off, the chatroom dwindled and if felt time to use that space on the site to push the same curious fans to related sets in the new Channel system. All positive at the end of the day.”