The new video game console PlayStation 4 came with a feature known as Playroom, a virtual playground meant to help in the evolution of the gaming experience. Gamers can stream live videos via services such as Twitch TV, online. However, such feature proved to be quite dangerous in the hands of twisted minds just like in the case of a certain user Darckobra who used Playroom to expose the breast of his partner and eventually filmed his drunk, unconcsious wife, completely naked, on their couch on Saturday.
The couple was first seen enjoying some drinks in their living room but everything turned ugly when the female passed out. Not satisfied with breast exposure, the stream went dark for about 15 minutes and returned on full view with the female entirely naked and unconscious on the couch.
Twitch was able to monitor the live stream, booted it out, and banned Darckobra. The company also tweeted a reminder to its users.
"FYI: We continue to moderate according to ur Terms of Service. Non-gaming content is not allowed. Non-gaming content (c): If using PS4 Playroom, the content must be about games or gaming and within our ToS. Thanks for understanding," Twitch Support posted.
"We are very vigilant about removing content that breaks the TOS guidelines and depending on the severity of the violation we will either ban or suspend accounts. In addition to our own efforts, the Twitch community is unique in that it likes to flag content they suspect or know is a breach of our TOS. Like any social network from YouTube to Facebook, there will always be a very small minority of users who attempt to circumvent the rules. As such, our advice is to report it right away and our staff will be quick to act on it if they haven't already. In terms of privacy settings, those are up are to the respective devices," a spokesperson for Twitch TV communicated via email.
The Darkcobra incident is nothing new on live streams over the Internet but the negative publicity brought by the feature to a game console that is supposed to be in the family living room might have Sony and other manufacturers thinking about the how features such as the Playroom can be used and abused by certain gamers.