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Twitch user allegedly broadcasts assault on significant other

'Joedaddy505' has since had his Twitch account suspended and his social channels have been scrubbed clean.
Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget
Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget
Timothy J. Seppala
Timothy J. Seppala|@timseppala|May 5, 2016 6:29 AM

A Twitch user is under fire for purportedly broadcasting an assault on his partner. The account, belonging to "joedaddy505," has been closed on Twitch due to service violations, but at least one YouTube video of the stream contains audio of what sounds like the broadcaster repeatedly hitting a crying woman and insulting her. Viewers have speculated that since there was no video to go with the audio, "Joedaddy505" may have thought his stream had ended. When reached for comment, a Twitch spokesperson said that the company doesn't comment on service violations. We also asked Twitch if law enforcement had been contacted and were given the following response:

Twitch's Privacy Policy explains when we disclose user information. If a credible threat of imminent physical harm or actual harm to others is made on our platform and timely reported to Twitch, Twitch makes best efforts to reach out to appropriate local law enforcement (if we are able to identify the user or location). We provide law enforcement sufficient information to assess the threat and respond to the immediate incident to the extent we have such information. Generally, we do not provide PII of our users to other users or to law enforcement absent valid legal process.

Social accounts including Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for "joedaddy505" have been scrubbed clean. Reddit users have posted screenshots of Joedaddy505's comments on Instagram, where he claims that the altercation was the result of his significant other starting a fight with him on-stream. While some claim he sexually assaulted his partner, he refutes that. "I did not rape her. I hit her and fell on top of her and hit her again."

This is a dire side-effect of anyone having the ability to broadcast their life on the internet, good moments and otherwise. Last month, a Periscope user was indicted for broadcasting her friend's sexual assault.

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