Twitch Suspends Donald Trump’s Account for ‘Hateful Conduct’

Ruben Fields
June 30, 2020

Twitch has suspended President Donald Trump's official Twitch channel citing a violation of Twitch's community guidelines against hateful conduct.

Reddit says that it has banned about 2,000 subreddits for violating the more stringent rules regarding hate speech and racism, but only about 200 of them have more than 10 daily users.

Speaking to LADbible, Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for the Trump campaign, said: "To hear directly from the President, people should download the Trump app and text "Trump" to 88022".

On Monday, Twitch continued its crackdown, banning President Donald Trump from the popular livestreaming platform. The video shows him calling Mexican people rapists and criminals.

Twitch is not the first social platform to re-evaluate its position on what is considered hate speech.

While hateful conduct has always been part of guidelines on Twitch, Trump has arguably skirted the rules (considering the fact of the 2016 event and its rebroadcast as one of the reasons for the suspension).

During the temporary ban, Trump's account has had at least two streams removed for violating the site's conduct standards. "Whether it's a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you're sleeping". Some users are self-proclaimed members of "the dirtbag left", a sort of anti-alt-right group that uses vulgarity and aggression to get its points across.

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Twitch defines these as "any content or activity that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or serious medical condition or veteran status, and is prohibited".

"Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines", Twitch said in a statement when the Trump campaign first created the channel previous year.

The President Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reddit banned its largest pro-Trump message board (known as a subreddit), r/The_Donald, saying that it had "consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average" while refusing to cooperate with the company's efforts to bring it into compliance.

He said Reddit was banning about 2000 "subreddits", or forums, the majority of which were inactive.

Trump remains active on Twitter.

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