Twitch will not allow any video on its platform that contains footage from the recent Jacksonville shooting tragedy.
In a statement to Polygon earlier today, the streaming behemoth confirmed that it has already removed the original clip and steps are being taken to refrain others from re-uploading the hair-raising footage in the future.
The removal decision is in accordance with community guidelines, meaning that accounts still trying to circulate the clip in question are likely to receive stern penalties from Twitch in the future. This includes a temporary as well as a permanent ban on the popular platform.
Twitch was streaming a qualifier event for the Madden Classic, the first major Madden tournament of the current season, this Sunday when a participant, identified as David Katz, opened fire in a reportedly rage incident for being knocked out of the competition.
Taylor “SpotMePlzzz” Robertson and Elijah “TrueBoy” Clayton lost their lives, and at least ten others were injured in the hail of bullets before the shooter killed himself with his own handgun.
The chilling moments when the shooting began were captured in the live stream, albeit only in audio. People could be heard screaming and trying to get away as gunshots went out in the background.
While the same clip has been removed from Twitch, it has also been downloaded and uploaded on other social media platforms such as Reddit, Facebook, and YouTube by many individuals since the Jacksonville shooting took place. Discretion is advised for those considering to find and watch the disturbing moments when the fatal shooting commenced.
There are still three remaining qualifier events for the Madden Classic championship that have been put on a hiatus for the time being without any suggestion of taking place at a later date. EA has confirmed that it will start working closely with its tournament organizers and partners to reassess security protocols for participants.