Twitch has joined Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SnapChat, and other social media sites in banning Donald Trump from their service. The suspension is indefinite and was taken following the shocking scenes at the US Capitol building in Washington DC.
The following statement was given to Kotaku:
In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel. Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President’s incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence. We are focused on minimizing harm leading up to the transition of government and will reassess his account after he leaves office.
This is the second time he has been remove from Twitch, in June last year his account was suspended due to “hateful conduct”. At the time, a Twitch spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz. “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.”
Update: We have removed some immature name-calling.
The spokesperson gave details of two examples of content which got Trump slapped with a suspension. They first was from a rally back in 2016, the video for which was posted on Twitch a later date.
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.
The second is from a rally in June 2020 in Oklahoma, but if you can actually work out out what the man baby is trying to say you’re cleverer than me.
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 travelling 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.”