Twitch takes PayPal and others to court over ambitious spambot

Twitch takes PayPal and others to court over ambitious spambot

Twitch is on the warpath as a spambot has decimated almost 1,000 channels with disturbing chat messages. Now it’s taking multiple companies, including PayPal and Whois, to court to try and stop the spammer.

The petition, filed in British Columbia’s Supreme Court, puts PayPal, Whois, and telecommunications company Shaw Communications on notice. The full petition has been revealed by Ars Technica.

Twitch asks that each of the companies on notice provide information on the spammer, or rather with the customer associated with the IP address it’s traced. It claims each of these companies is involved by way of allowing the spambot to “don the cloak of anonymity.”

The company asserts in the petition that the spambot is violating its terms of service, so it’s are justified in seeking out their private information. It also quotes all of the other companies’ terms of service and how the spambot violates them. It says that the other companies are the only way to find any information on the spammer.

It’s a little unsettling to think of Twitch taking this many other companies one might be associated with to court to breach privacy. Considering the spam messages include racist, homophobic, and sexist comments, however — and has rendered some channels’ chats “unusable” — it’s not hard to see why Twitch is going after them from every possible angle.

According to the petition, the companies have 21 days to file a response.

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