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    AWDstream commented  · 

    @Zozsaka
    Hungary is different from America.
    From experience, you have to hire a lawyer to start an investigation, they will go to Twitch and ask them to provide anything. Which costs thousands of dollars to even start an investigation.
    The police do nothing until your life is in actual danger with a physical threat. And even then, American police are worthless and will take months to even do anything if they decide to.
    Social media threats are considered a form of bullying, which authorities consider laughable. Bullying to the point of suicide is also not considered a crime because legally nothing can be proven.
    You would think things would be cut and dry, but it's not.

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    AWDstream commented  · 

    @kozaka the police in America will only do something if you actually know the name and address of the person harassing you. This is what an officer told me directly on the phone even when it comes to online harassment.
    You can fill in the rest on how that doesn't help.

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    AWDstream commented  · 

    I am currently dealing with someone who showed up with usernames using my real name and my home address. I don't know how they got it, but I can only assume they took the time and effort to buy my information connected to my email address...
    I am doing everything I possibly can to restrict users who are new and don't have verification. I am now scared to even stream because this obsessive stalker is going to keep doing this no matter how many times I ban them. They constantly will show up every report, the new "ban evade" thing doesn't even show up... they will just create a new username and follow me, and that will show up while I stream... This has to stop. and I feel all I can do now is call the police.

    (update) So I called my local police department. They told me I should do a police report online. The only option is "harassment/annoying calls" and the only way to make a report is if you say you've been physically harmed. So no, police will not do anything... I tried to make extra precautions and StreamElements/Nightbot banned words and etc but I am not going to stream for awhile just for my own safety. Or hire a lawyer for $4k and up to do an investigation and even then I think that's pointless and won't offer any justice.

    Twitch... police... they're as useful as I knew they'd ever be and I doubt anyone important that could help will ever see this, I just feel vulnerable to more online ridicule if anything just for making this post.

    So lesson learned, just harden yourself to public doxxing.

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