Dr Disrespect Twitch account suspended, E3 pass revoked for illegal bathroom stream
Gamer Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, better known by his alias, Dr DisRespect, had his account suspended from Twitch today and his E3 pass was revoked.
While attending E3 2019, Beahm decided to stream himself on his Dr DisRespect Twitch channel yesterday inside of a bathroom at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the site of the video gaming expo. He called it his first IRL (in real life) stream.
With thousands of people watching the Dr DisRespect stream, Beahm walked into a bathroom with a cameraman and streamed himself urinating into a urinal. Clips would show him re-entering the bathroom two more times.
Twitch forbids the streaming of illegal acts, and they have an anti-harassment policy that does not allow streamers to record someone against their will, which was certainly the case for the unsuspecting people caught in the stream.
According to Twitch’s community guidelines, “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.”
Twitch also does not allow for the unauthorized sharing of private information, stating in their community guidelines that includes “sharing content that violates another’s reasonable expectation of privacy, for example streaming from a private space, without permission.”
California also has an invasion of privacy law, which makes it a crime to view the inside of a bathroom with a camera.
Violations of California Penal Code 647(j) are charged as a misdemeanor, and punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.
However, if a child is viewed inside a bathroom with a camera, the punishment is increased to a year in county jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,000.