What happened to Dr. Disrespect? Why the ban from Twitch?

Dr. Disrespect, who’s known in another name as Gamer Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV has had his Twitch account suspended. He was attending the E3 2019 and some few hours into the convention he realizes that his E3 pass is not working and to make matters worse his Twitch account is suspended. Twitch is a live video streaming platform which is owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon. It was initially started for video gamers only, but they have recently introduced a live streaming option. E3 is an annual event of video gamers held at Los Angeles Convention Center.  The unfolding story does not amuse his thousands of fans as they dearly miss his videos on Twitch.

What happened to Dr. Disrespect?

So, what might have happened? Kotaku reported that Dr. Disrespect walked into an E3 bathroom streaming live as he urinated in the urinals on the first day of the convention. He did this twice without any remorse. The more damaging thing is that one of the people in the background using the urinal is a child. This act goes against the binding rules and regulations of Twitch. The live streaming of someone urinating is regarded as illegal by the platform. Dr. Disrespect has also gone against the anti-harassment policy, which goes against streaming other people who were in the bathroom without their permission.

The Twitch guidelines are very clear about going against the harassment policy as it states, “Violating our policy against harassment will result in your account being suspended. Depending on the severity of the offense, harassers may be indefinitely suspended on the first violation.” It goes on to say, “Sharing content that violates another’s a reasonable expectation of privacy, for example streaming from a private space, without permission.”  So, it is not very clear on how severe Dr. Disrespect’s harassment has been treated and how long he will be on suspension.

American internet personality, Dr. Disrespect

Beyond his breaking of Twitch community guidelines, he has also gone against the California penal code. The law does not allow the use of cameras, motion picture or any other type of videotape or film to show the interior of the bathroom, bedroom, changing room, fitting room or any area that could be considered a place of high privacy. Dr. Disrespect has definitely gone against this strict law making his E3 pass to be disabled by the convention’s organizers.

The ban has left many of his loyal viewers stranded. His rather disrespectful act has left the fans pondering whether to leave Twitch or move on to other big streamers. Dr. Disrespect has thousands of followers who might opt to stop using Twitch or shift to watching other large streamers such as TimTheTatman and Summit. Well, another school of thought may hold the argument that his ban on Twitch could build his popularity more if his suspension is lifted soon. All we have to do is wait and see whether Dr. Disrespect will appeal the ban and how long this will take.

Now you know what happened to Dr. Disrespect.

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