Reddit bans pro-Trump forum as Amazon's Twitch bars president's channel

Joanna Estrada
June 30, 2020

US President Donald Trump's Twitch account has reportedly been suspended for 'hateful conduct.' It appears to be a temporary ban for now. "We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules", a Twitch spokesperson said.

Twitch pointed to statements during the June 20, 2020 Tulsa, Oklahoma campaign rally and other Trump events as direct evidence of hateful content that goes against Twitch rules and guidelines.

Twitch cited two examples of content on Trump's channel that violated the rules: A campaign rally speech from 2016, recently rebroadcast on Twitch, in which Trump demonized immigrants by accusing Mexico of "sending" drug dealers and rapists to the United States, and the rally earlier this month in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in which he effectively repeated the claim. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. The video shows him calling Mexican people rapists and criminals. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we're getting.

According to the platform, the content that violated its hate policies included a video of a campaign rally from 2016. It only makes common sense. "They're sending us not the right people".

Another video that Twitch said violated its policies was video of Trump's recent Tulsa rally, in which Trump spoke hypothetically of "a very tough hombre" breaking into the house of a "young woman". "Whether it's a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you're sleeping". Twitter has flagged a number of tweets from the president, for instance, that contain misleading or unsafe content. Reddit also announced that it would be banning over 2,000 subreddits today, including r/The_Donald, which is a hub for Trump supporters. These subreddits represented political leanings from all stripes, but the most prominent to be banned was the subreddit r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump group of users that frequently defends or promotes the president.

"Ultimately, it's our responsibility to support our communities by taking stronger action against those who try to weaponise parts of Reddit against other people". We banned The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity, ' Chief Executive Steve Huffman said in a post on the site.

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.

Trump has complained that Silicon Valley platforms are biased against conservatives, despite his own large social media following.

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