Twitch Taps Former Microsoft Exec to Lead Trust and Safety

Angela Hession
Courtesy of Twitch

Angela Hession will oversee community policies toward making the Amazon-owned live-streaming platform safer and more inclusive. 

Twitch has appointed former Microsoft executive Angela Hession as global vp of trust and safety.

In the role, Hession will oversee community policies toward making the Amazon-owned live-streaming platform safer and more inclusive.

"Angela is an experienced and energetic trust and safety leader, with expertise in improving online safety in global communities," Twitch COO Sara Clemens said in a statement. "Her perspective and collaboration will be invaluable to Twitch as we navigate incredible growth. The safety of our community is our top priority and we’re thrilled to welcome Angela to the team."

This hiring comes after Twitch was the subject of sexual harassment and discrimination accusations earlier this year identifying misconduct from a number of streamers including Say No to Rage. In response, the company reviewed its Hateful Conduct and Harassment policies designed to reduce and combat these issues and expanded its safety operations team.

"Twitch has an incredibly dynamic, diverse and engaged community, and I’m excited to join the team to lead trust and safety with and for our community," Hession said in a statement. "As live streaming continues to grow and connect people across the world, we have an opportunity to work together to make Twitch a safer and more inclusive space where everyone can enjoy and participate in live entertainment. I’m eager to build on the incredible work the team has done to date."

Hession previously served as global head of Xbox trust and safety at Microsoft, where she oversaw the creation of Project Artemis, a tool to keep kids safe from online predators. As a leading voice for women in gaming, Hession was involved in the Xbox university recruiting program, co-led the Women in Gaming and Technology venture and mentored young staff.

Since its launch in 2011, Twitch and has become the go-to video live-streaming platform for numerous professional gamers including Tyler "Ninja" Blevins.