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Twitch Suspends President Trumps Channel, Citing Hateful Conduct

Twitch, Amazons live-streaming site, temporarily banned President Donald Trumps channel, claiming that some content on the channel violated the platforms community guidelines against hateful conduct.

“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trumps channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed,” a Twitch spokesperson said in a statement via email.

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A message on the Twitch channel for President Donald Trump on June 29, 2020. (Screenshot)

According to a transcript included in Twitchs statement, two comments streamed on the presidents channel allegedly violated the rules:

  • 2015 campaign kickoff, recently rebroadcast on Twitch: “When Mexico sends its people, theyre not sending their best. Theyre not sending you. Theyre not sending you. Theyre sending people that have lots of problems, and theyre bringing those problems with us. Theyre bringing drugs. Theyre bringing crime. Theyre rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what were getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. Theyre sending us not the right people.”
  • Tulsa Rally: “Hey, its 1:00 oclock in the morning and a very tough, Ive 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. And you call 911 and they say, “Im sorry, this numbers no longer working.” By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether its a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and youre sleeping.”

Twitch told The Epoch Times that they communicated with Trumps team and reminded them that “politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines” with no exceptions.

The channel was not restored at the time of publishing. Its unclear how long the suspension will last.

Earlier that day, another social platform, Reddit, banned a Trump fans subreddit.

Some content in r/The_Donald, the influential pro-Trump community, broke the rule against promoting hate based on identity or vulnerability, content manipulation, and antagonizing other communities, Reddit claimed in a statement.

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