She later stated she was “trolling”
By Jennifer Grant
Simone Scott, aka Aqua, is facing a virtual lynch mob following a shocking confession during a Twitch live stream with host, Rajj Patel
Patel asked his three guests to confess the worst thing they had ever done. Scott chimed in that she had once, while working as a vet tech, purposely killed the dog of someone who was a “really bad person.” She went on to brag “no one knew because I’m professional.”
The ripples coming away from that truth bomb have the Internet staggering, blindly looking for vengeance that just doesn’t seem to be coming.
First, it turns out that Scott has not actually violated any of the community guidelines for Twitch (an Amazon platform for live broadcast of gaming). She is within a hair’s width of breaking a rule that disallows streaming of crimes or the talking about crimes already committed. But, since Scott was being interviewed, not streaming, she can’t be held accountable for answering a question.
In an ironic twist, however, members of the Twitch community that are hurling hateful comments and threats may be the ones to lose their accounts. New hate conduct guidelines came into play in early March because as Twitch says “hate simply has no place in the Twitch community.”
Secondly, did Scott actually commit a crime? If she killed a dog, then yes, there are legal consequences. According to California Penal Code 597C, it is a crime to “maliciously, intentionally or cruelly kill an animal.” Yet, there is no real evidence that Scott has killed a dog, just a cold, indifferent tone in a story about killing a dog.