Fans Concerned After TFue Appears To Get 'Swatted' Live On Stream
Popular streamer Turner “Tfue” Tenney was reportedly ‘swatted’ while streaming Minecraft on Twitch.
The 22-year-old was live on the platform, when it seems that police enter his home and demand that he ‘comes out with his hands up’. The footage shows Tfue standing up, and then saying: “I have my hands up, officer”.
The streamer later went back to Twitch and carried on with Minecraft.
Tfue seems to have confirmed that it was a ‘swatting’, as a member of the public later donated to his stream with the caption: “get swatted”, seemingly taking credit for the prank. Tfue replied: “Nice, man. You got me... got me real good.”
If you’re not familiar with the term ‘swatting’, it’s a pretty disgusting ‘prank’ that has affected quite a few streamers in the past. The basic premise is calling the authorities to report a member of the public for some kind of crime (such as a bomb threat, murder, hostage situation, or a false report of a mental health emergency), and then waiting for the police to appear at the victim’s home.
The reason why streamers are often targeted is due to the fact that the ‘pranker’ can watch it unfold from the comfort of their own homes. For example, Summit1G and N0thing have both been swatted on stream. Unfortunately, the ‘prank’ is not completely risk-free. In fact, it is an incredibly dangerous thing to do, with some fatalities occurring in the past as a result.
In 2017, a man named Andrew Finch was tragically killed as a result of ‘swatting’, despite not being the intended victim. The fraudulent call was made as a result of a dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty bet. The police were told that a man at Finch’s house had murdered someone, and was holding others at gunpoint. When Finch was leaving the home, he was fatally shot.
The person behind the ‘prank’, Tyler Barriss, was given 20 years in a federal prison as a result.
Some people have called for swatting to be put into the same category as terrorism due to it being used to intimidate and create the risk of injury or death.
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