Twitch Suspends Donald Trump's Account For Hateful Conduct
Did you know that US president Donald Trump created an official Twitch channel back in October 2019? I didn't until earlier today, when I learned that same channel has been temporarily suspended for violating Twitch's rules against hateful conduct and harassment.
To recap, because it's a lot to take in: the president has been suspended from Twitch for hateful conduct. 2020 might just be the best episode of Black Mirror to date
"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch," a Twitch spokesperson said in a statement. "In line with our policies, President Trump's channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed."
Twitch then pulled two examples from Trump's channel that violated the rules. The first was a campaign rally speech from 2016 that was recently shown again on Twitch. In it, Trump makes a number of wildly inaccurate statements designed to turn Americans against immigrants, essentially accusing Mexico of "sending" drug dealers and rapists to the US.
The second example Twitch gave was taken from a rally early this month in Oklahoma, where Trump basically repeated the exact same claim.
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"Hey, it's 1 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," said Trump. "And you call 911 and they say, 'I'm sorry, this number's no longer working.' By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether it's a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you're sleeping."
The spokesperson also explained that Twitch sent a statement to the President's team when the channel was created last year. They warned that any content violations would not be tolerated.
"Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines," Twitch said. "We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules." It's unclear how long Trump's ban is for.
Both Twitch and Twitter have recently taken more of an active role in taking down any content or creators that are seen to be sharing hateful content or engaging in harassment. Katie Hopkins and Graham Linehan - both infamous for sharing exclusionary and divisive views on Twitter - have been permanently banned from the platform this month.
Meanwhile, controversial streamer Dr Disrespect has now been permanently banned from Twitch. It's currently unclear exactly what he did to get removed from the platform permanently, but he's found himself in hot water several times over the last few years.
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