It's swatting season. Popular Twitch-Streamer Adin Ross has been swatted for the second time within a couple of months and even got banned on Twitch for it. Why does this shit keep happening?
Adin Ross has been briefly banned on Twitch, after getting swatted live on stream, for the second time in the last couple of months.
During his broadcast, the 22-year-old streamer from Florida was watching a police chase video, when suddenly the police showed up at his doorstep.
Streamer scandals just keep coming:
He decided to keep streaming to have evidence of the whole situation, which might be the reason for his brief ban on Twitch.
This seems to be related to the community guidelines, as it states, that:
In situations where a user has lost control of their broadcast due to severe injury, medical emergency, police action, or being targeted with serious violence, we will temporarily remove the channel and associated content.
He quickly got unbanned, though, maybe because he didn't do anything remotely dangerous in this situation and was very cooperative.
What Does Swatting Mean?
The term for this is swatting, and it means calling the cops to someone's location, usually under the pretense of immediate danger. This leads to armed police officers being dispatched to the location, with them expecting a tense situation that might easily escalate.
When Adin Ross got swatted previously in his house, he had armed policemen cuff him and search his house for weapons.
This all happened live on stream, so viewers got the full view of the officer entering the room with their rifles in hand.
This is the headset for people that swat streamers:
I mean, I get it! Especially in the US, where you might just get shot in such a situation.
Think about it, the police arrive, expecting some maniacal drug lord with a gun or something! People actually died from being swatted!
Why Are People Swatting?
Good question, huh? I don't really know, to be honest. It just doesn't make sense if you're not completely out of your mind!
But if I had to guess, it probably is some messed up power play.
Some people really do the most messed up stuff:
The swatter can enjoy watching his "power" take effect as the police squad swats the streamers house.
It's also a pretty big threat! It says: "I know where you are living, and I pretty much don't care about your well-being". Especially big streamers seem to get swatted, or I guess those are the ones where you hear about it, so maybe that is a deciding factor.
If you get caught swatting, you might just end up in jail, which I think is totally deserved.
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As I said, there have even been instances where people died because of swatting, so it is a pretty dangerous and f*cked up thing to do!
So, just don't be a waste of space and air, and don't do stupid crap like that. Very much appreciated, thanks!