A LIVE streaming app used by online gamers to broadcast their game-play has been embroiled in controversy after a user was allegedly recorded sexually assaulting his girlfriend when his computer microphone was accidentally left on.
Twitch allows gaming fans to follow other players during the action but some users were subject to horrifying audio accidentally captured on the platform this week.
No vision of the incident was recorded but the disturbing audio was posted online and quickly began circulating, much to the horror of gamers everywhere. The audio can still be found online but is far too disturbing to be published here.
A very distressed woman can be heard screaming at a man to get off her during the audio recording.
The Twitch account belonged to a user named Joedaddy505 and has since been “closed … due to terms of service violations.”
A number of Twitter users expressed their outrage while at least one social media vigilante released the personal information of the man believed to be responsible for the attack.
Some scum was on twitch beating a girl.No video proof but the audio is horrifying. Joedaddy505 needs to rot in jail for the rest of his life
— EchoKittie :3 (@EchoKittie) May 4, 2016
I don't say negative things often, but after hearing that audio of JoeDaddy505 with that chick, I hope he rots in hell.
— Doc (@Ebambs) May 4, 2016
joedaddy505 on twitch is a repulsive human being. I don't even think he's a human being. Don't look for the vid/audio. Mute. Block.
— elf (@elfhybrid_) May 4, 2016
.@joedaddy505 hey man, just wanted to let you know that you're a worthless human being. Take a swig of bleach. That is all.
— Quinn Knight (@qknightz) May 4, 2016
After a number on netizens tracked Joedaddy505’s Twitch account to his other social media profiles, he was inundated with abuse.
However Joedaddy505 claimed it was “all a misunderstanding” and said: “I’m sorry this happened I learned my lesson.”
Despite sounding very intoxicated in the audio, Joedaddy505 claimed he had only had a couple of drinks before the incident took place.
In a statement provided to Ars Technica, Twitch said it only shares the identity of its user with police in the event of a “valid legal process.”
It would not comment on the particular case involving Joedaddy505.
“Twitch reaches out to appropriate law enforcement in cases where there is a credible threat of imminent physical harm or actual harm to others, and provides them with information sufficient to respond to the immediate incident to the extent we have it,” the company said.
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