Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Twitch Suspends President Trump for ‘Hateful’ Comments

"The_Donald was a subreddit devoted to fans of the president and now it's gone. Credit Illustration by Ad Age
Cecil Davis | 30 June, 2020, 20:25

After Twitter accounts that monitor Twitch reported that his channel had been suspended, Twitch issued a statement to Kotaku.

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). A growing number of large advertisers have said they are pausing social-media spending after a campaign by a group of civil-rights and other groups called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it has failed to curb racist and violent content and misinformation. The reason for Donald Trump's ban seems to have been "hateful conduct", with Twitch reportedly pointing to two specific instances.

"Hey, it's 1:00 o'clock in the morning and a very tough, I've used the word on occasion, hombre, a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do", Trump said at his June 20 Tulsa rally.

What got President Trump temporarily suspended from Twitch? The other was from a 2015 campaign rally that was recently reposted on Twitch, in which Trump said Mexico sends people to the US that are rapists and bring drugs to the country.

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". The president suggested that defunding the police will lead to Hispanic men breaking into the homes of women who are home alone and attacking them. However, it seems like this ban marks the first time that any action has been taken against the account.

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McEnany said Monday that Trump had watched the video before retweeting it but didn't hear his supporter say "white power". Carl Bernstein has reported to CNN how Trump verbally abuses world leaders in private phone calls.

Twitch said it also told President Trump's team that it violated its guidelines in a statement that mirrors the one provided to TheWrap.

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

With Donald Trump's tendency to explode at curtailing of his more extreme lies and vitriol, it will remain to be seen if he takes the suspension and content removal with grace.

Reddit also said it was banning about 2,000 subreddits, the majority of which were inactive.

In addition to r/The_Donald, Reddit has also banned a left-wing subreddit named after a podcast called r/ChapTrapHouse.