What you’ve probably heard: Three months after he signed an exclusive two-year contract with Twitch for a “life-changing” amount of money, Twitch, however, “permanently banned” Guy Beahm, aka Dr Disrespect, for something you did in violation of company rules.
What you might be thinking: It’s too much of a coincidence that the abrupt disappearance of your channel occurs a single day after Twitch announced that it would begin to permanently ban broadcasts for sexual harassment and assault.
The truth: currently we don’t know if Twitch have it even banned Beahm, let alone the facts about why the disrespect disappeared on Friday, because the company has repeatedly refused to confirm even a ban on The edge – and declined to deny a new statement from Beahm tonight that Twitch claims i won’t even tell you what’s going on.
Twitch has not notified me of the specific reason behind its decision … Firm greetings to all for the support during this difficult time.
– Dr Disrespect (@drdisrespect) June 28, 2020
It’s Beahm’s first word since his channel abruptly disappeared from Twitch on Friday afternoon, and it’s clearly designed to suggest that Twitch is wrong. Perhaps he knows very well what is happening and hides behind the words “specific reason”, but we have no current evidence of anything At this time, again, neither Twitch nor Disrespect have confirmed that it is being suspended, much less banned, much less permanently. To be frank, we haven’t seen anything that rules out the possibility that disrespect has been removed from Twitch for some reason, unlikely as it seems.
The idea that he had been permanently banned originally came secondhand, from sources who spoke anonymously through others on Twitter, and the two people who tweeted since then explained that they were unwilling or unable to share the reason. Kotaku It has since corroborated a ban with three additional sources, but for some currently inexplicable reason, Twitch won’t go as far. Occasionally, in the past, we have seen companies do that because they prefer the current understanding of a situation in the world, even when that understanding is incorrect.
The only thing Twitch has provided is this statement, which declined to connect to Beahm, even when we explain that it leaves open the possibility that Beahm has not been banned.
“As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a transmitter has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. This applies to all streamers, regardless of status or importance in the community. “
It is very possible that everything will be revealed in due course, and all publications currently reporting that Dr. Disrespect has been permanently banned will be justified after the fact. Perhaps there is also a very good reason why some facts should be retained.
The only facts available at the moment are that Dr. Disrespect has disappeared from Twitch; Twitch and Beahm won’t say why; and many people wonder when we will all know.