Twitch Suspends Donald Trump For Hateful Conduct

Joanna Estrada
June 30, 2020

"We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity".

Reddit on Monday banned about 2,000 subreddits, including r/The_Donald, a popular hangout for fans of President Trump, and r/ChapoTrapHouse, a spinoff of the far-left "Chapo Trap House" podcast, for violating the site's updated policies on hate speech.

Reddit's expanded rules will also take action against posts that mock physical disabilities or describe a racial minority as sub-human; posts that say raping women is acceptable or that minorities shouldn't be able to vote will also be removed.

A company spokesperson said the channel violated its rules by rebroadcasting a video of Trump's 2015 event kicking off his presidential candidacy, in which he referred to Mexican immigrants as "rapists". At the time, Trump said, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best", adding, "They're bringing drugs".

"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch".

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.

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

Under pressure as more than 90 brands halted their advertising on the platform, Facebook announced on Friday that it would institute stronger rules barring hate speech in ads and add warning labels to politicians' statements that break its rules.

Trump remains active on Twitter.

But the debate about whether to penalize rule-breaking content from the president and his supporters is also dragging in a host of other social media platforms.

Reddit already dealt a major blow to the pro-Trump subreddit previous year by severely restricting its visibility and functionality over "repeated rule-breaking" through a process known as quarantining.

Reddit is banning r/The_Donald along with nearly 2,000 other online communities after updating its content policy to crack down harder on hate speech, the company announced on Monday.

Twitch has recently undertaken a more aggressive approach to policing and banning content and creators on its platform, driven by a wave of allegations of harassment and sexual assault in the videogame industry; as part of that, it said that it would conduct a new review of its Hateful Conduct and Harassment policies. "Communities and people that inciting violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned".

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