Last month, Twitch streamer Luke "MrDeadMoth" Munday was arrested by the Australian authorities after a Fortnite during which he seemed to hurt his partner. Twitch suspended his account shortly thereafter. Earlier this week, however, Twitch spectators were surprised to learn that Munday's channel was already back. His suspension, which they assumed to be permanent, lasted only 14 days.
After being arrested on December 9, Munday was charged with a joint attack. He then received an interruption of the four-week hearing to seek legal advice. On December 30, Munday seems to have decided to use part of that time to resume his streaming career, announcing a return flow with the words "to be positive". Streamers and viewers were only as they recall the flow in December, during which Munday, who became angry after his partner asked not to play Fortnite and tossed cardboard to him, then left the screen and, after sounding like a slap, the audience then heard sighs in response.
"The guy who beat his wife in the stream (MrDeadMoth) is currently broadcast live on your platform," said Hazz, a member of the popular clan of the Faze gaming organization, on Twitter. "How did you allow this to happen? A 30-day ban on declaring forbidden rights in the streets. Banning 14 days to literally warm up your wife."
Over the week, other streams revealed similar inconsistencies and contradictions in Twitch's rules as well as the general opacity of the rules.
"Reports of men who repeatedly harass women / Llgbtqa + on Twitch partners, esp: silence" wrote streamer Austen Marie. "Oh, but they let his wife beat!"
"What's there to say about this guy of MrDeadMoth?" popular streamer Ellohime said. "Brother abused his wife in front of his children live and come back, but what say? Do not abuse your wife? Do not let him go back? How is this not the most common sense? I write that? It's so absurd. "
"It's as great as a survivor of domestic abuse and content creator to see a streamer who beat the shit out of his wife while streaming still alive and well on Twitch with 7,000 + follow & affiliation, said the streamer Saucy837, which moved from Twitch to Mixer. "How to send the right message".
Some have argued during the week that Munday's partner instigated physical violence by throwing a piece of cardboard, but others have pointed out that hitting someone as a reaction to this is a seriously questionable escalation. Moreover, Twitch's rules state that acts and threats of violence are "considered to be violations of zero tolerance and all accounts associated with such activities will be suspended for an indefinite period." This situation should fall into this category, however Munday has not been banned.
Perma-bans on Twitch are rare, even in the case of flagrant public offenses. The platform uses a blow system to measure suspensions and bans, with violations for the first time, usually only by suspending one-week suspensions and subsequent screwdrivers, resulting in extra weeks up to a month. The rules are frustratingly vague and incoherent when it comes to specific punishments for certain offenses, however, with Twitch moderators seem to make these calls on a case-by-case basis behind the scenes.
For most of this week, Twitch kept silent on Munday's return, which seemed to anger the users. Then, earlier today, Munday's channel suddenly came out of the digital existence. If you try to access it now, you will be greeted with the usual Twitch error message: "Sorry, if you do not have a time machine, that content is not available.
Neither Twitch nor Munday has declared whether it has been permanently banned or whether it is just another temporary suspension. Twitch has a policy against discussing the details of these things, and Munday has not yet spoken to the public because his channel has been eliminated, nor has he responded to an investigation from Kotaku. A spokesman for Twitch gave the following statement on the sudden re-suspension of Munday's channel:
"Protecting the integrity of our community is incredibly important for us," they said Kotaku. "We want everyone on Twitch to have a safe and positive experience and constantly work on this. Part of this activity includes examining our policies and practices when we find that they do not adequately address specific incidents to we make sure we adapt as the Twitch community grows. "
Better late than never, but still late. Some fans have made this decision, delayed, though it may be, as a sign that Twitch listens to his audience, after all – but also that Twitch's internal decision is uncertain, let's say at least.
"That's why you have to shit on social media" said the BlackLightAttack streamer. "Do not harass individual employees, your mind, expressing dissatisfaction is enough. Stay alert for the next mistake, because they do not seem to have the infrastructure to avoid them on their own."