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Twitch re-bans Fortnite player who allegedly assaulted his pregnant partner on-stream

Social media outcry asks tough questions of Twitch.

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.

MrDeadMoth playing Fortnite.

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.

Even a Twitch member of staff, Twitch Studios director Marcus "DJWheat" Graham, seemed confused by Munday's return.

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.

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