Twitch suspends Trump campaign account

Yolanda Curtis
July 1, 2020

"We are cautiously optimistic that Reddit is finally working with groups like ours to dismantle the systems that enable hateful rhetoric on their platform", Bridget Todd, a spokeswoman for the women's advocacy organization UltraViolet, said in an emailed statement. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us.

The r/the_donald subreddit is not connected to the Trump administration, though Donald Trump - whose account was suspended from Twitch today - did use it to participate in an Ask Me Anything event as a candidate in 2016. "And some, I assume, are good people".

The Trump campaign launched its channel past year to stream rallies and other events, according to The Verge.

The algorithms tech companies developed to keep users glued to their services "have provided perhaps the biggest boon to organized racism in decades, as they help racist ideas find a much larger and potentially receptive audience", Bjork-James said, adding that she is hopeful that the same companies that "helped this anti-democratic movement expand" can now help limit its impact.

"...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", Trump said during the rally earlier this month. The president suggested that defunding the police will lead to Hispanic men breaking into the homes of women who are home alone and attacking them.

One came from Trump's rally in Tulsa, Okla. on June 20, which was streamed on Twitch.

The content that Twitch said violated its policies on hate included a video of Trump's 2016 campaign rally in which he called Mexicans rapists and criminals.

During the temporary ban, Trump's account has had at least two streams removed for violating the site's conduct standards. After many warnings that the racist and generally awful content on the forum violated Reddit's rules, the subreddit has been permanently shut down.

Reddit has over 430 million average active monthly users, more than 130,000 active communities and is the fifth most-visited site in the United States, according to the company. "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 told The Verge. Last week, it said it would begin issuing permanent suspensions as part of investigations into allegations of sexual abuse and harassment involving Twitch streamers.

Devoted to defending President Donald Trump, the popular forum, which boasted more than 790,000 members, was often the center of controversy for content deemed both hateful and conspiratorial.

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