Trump's Twitch Account Temporarily Suspended for Hateful Conduct

Reddit bans pro Trump forum Twitch suspends US president’s channel for ‘hateful content

In late May, Trump signed an executive order suggesting he or his administration may take action in the future against social media sites for daring to fact-check his statements or otherwise take action against his postings, even if it is done because the post does not adhere to the platform's guidelines - something that's expected of all users.

The suspension is another point of confrontation between the president and Jeff Bezos.

On Monday, Ford Motor Co. put the brakes on all national social media advertising for the next 30 days. Reddit said the ban took effect at 1 p.m. The other was from a rally in Tulsa, OK, earlier this month. (Autoblog is a Verizon Media company.) New companies have been signing on to the boycott nearly every day.

A Twitch spokeswoman said the suspension would be temporary but declined to elaborate.

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.

Donald Trump has been temporarily suspended from Twitch, with the platform citing "hateful conduct" that appeared on the channel officially associated with the USA president's re-election campaign.

YouTube, meanwhile, banned several prominent white nationalist figures from its platform, including Stefan Molyneux, David Duke and Richard Spencer.

Social media companies' content policies have been in the spotlight this month, as Facebook Inc faced an employee walkout and an ad boycott over its hands-off handling of inflammatory posts amid nationwide anti-racism protests and ahead of the November 3 election.

Reddit already dealt a major blow to the pro-Trump subreddit past year by severely restricting its visibility and functionality over "repeated rule-breaking" through a process known as quarantining. Companies have also been cutting their ad budgets due to COVID-19, so the spending declines are not a surprise for investors.

Amid the intense scrutiny, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that the company is expanding its policies against calls to incite violence and voter suppression and may add labels to some offending posts by political leaders, such as Trump, that run afoul of its rules.

Reddit's action against The_Donald was part of a larger purge at the San Francisco-based site. "The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average" and "antagonized us and other communities". Reddit had previously tried to discipline the forum.

The site says, "Hateful conduct is not allowed 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.

"However, limiting access to a broader public will have unintended negative consequences".



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