Twitch let a Fortnite player who allegedly assaulted his pregnant partner in front of their kids on-stream back on their platform - then re-banned him after a social media outcry.
People took to Twitter to express concern that Australian Luke "MrDeadMoth" Munday, who is accused of assaulting his partner while livestreaming mid-December, was found streaming again on Twitch just a few weeks after his initial ban.
Munday, 26, was spotted on-stream arguing with his 21-year-old partner before allegedly hitting her in the face - in front of their two young girls aged three and 20 months, who can be heard screaming in the background.
Munday returned to Twitch on 30th December to play Fortnite once again, garnering thousands of viewers. There was a mix of bafflement and anger in response on social media.
The man who beat his wife on stream (MrDeadMoth) is currently live streaming from your platform, how have you allowed this to happen bruh @Twitch— FaZe Hazz (@Hazz) January 2, 2019
#MrDeadMoth How is this poor excuse of a man allowed back on @Twitch? I?ve seen channels banned permanently for as little as saying an offensive word. But you?re letting someone who literally bashed their wife LIVE, back on your site after a two week suspension? Pathetic.— snow ? (@BIGSnowAU) January 2, 2019
Hey @Twitch @Twitch_ANZ how is the absolute spineless worm MrDeadMoth able to stream on your platform again after bashing his wife/fiance on stream. Pretty disgusting that hes even allowed an account after that despicable act.— Goreway (@GorewayPUBG) January 2, 2019
Even a Twitch member of staff, Twitch Studios director Marcus "DJWheat" Graham, seemed confused by Munday's return.
Yes, I work for Twitch. No, I do not know why every moderation decision is made. I appreciate many of you turning to me for answers, but I'm afraid I don't have any about this at this moment. However, I'm a concerned community member just like you, and I will look into it. TY.— djWHEAT (@djWHEAT) January 3, 2019
Yesterday, on 4th January 2019, Munday's Twitch account was re-banned, his Twitch channel brought offline and his VODs pulled from the platform, but we don't know for how long. Twitch has a policy of not commenting directly on bans, preferring to issue vague statements about its policy.
In its community guidelines, under the "violence and threats" section, Twitch says it takes acts and threats of violence seriously and these are considered zero-tolerance violations "and all accounts associated with such activities will be indefinitely suspended".
It seems Munday's account must have slipped through the net somehow.
Munday is due in an Australian court later in January on a common assault charge.