Twitch temporarily bans President Trump, Reddit removes Pres. Trump subreddit to align with new hate speech policies
SEATTLE — Twitch, a streaming platform owned by Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos, has temporarily banned President Donald Trump’s account for “hateful conduct” stemming from footage of the president’s speeches.
“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. 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,” a Twitch spokesperson told Fox News.
A rebroadcast of President Trump’s 2015 campaign launch — when he famously criticized people crossing the Mexican border to illegally enter the United States — and comments President Trump made at his recent Tulsa rally were flagged by Twitch.
“To hear directly from the President, people should download the Trump app and text ‘Trump’ to 88022,” President Trump’s re-election campaign director of communications Tim Murtaugh when asked for comment.
Twitch told Fox News it warned President Trump campaign’s in 2019 when it joined the platform that it would make him adhere to the platform’s terms of service and guidelines.
The platform’s community guidelines and hateful conduct rules are the following: “Hateful conduct is 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. Any hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation.”
Twitch provided the following President Trump rhetoric as specific examples:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people,” President Trump once said in a clip that was recently rebroadcast on Twitch.
The other example came from President Trump’s recent Tulsa rally that was streamed on Twitch: “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. 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 free Amazon-owned service, where users mostly livestream themselves playing video games and other users watch, logged more than 9 billion hours watched in 2019. President Trump’s campaign created an account last year and used the platform to stream rallies and other events.
Amazon bought Twitch for $1 billion in 2014, The Verge reported last year. Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump criticizes on a regular basis.
Reddit also banned r/The_Donald along with almost 2,000 other online communities Monday after updating its content policy to crack down further on hate speech.
In a blog post explaining the company’s new rules, CEO Steve Huffman said users of the r/The_Donald subreddit had violated the site’s policies for years.
Fox News’ Christopher Carbone and Shawn M. Carter contributed to this report.