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Along with recent moves by Facebook and Twitter, the sanctions have amped up recent tensions over the digital spread of Trump messages during the runup to the 2020 presidential election.
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“Sorry,” a message read on Trump’s channel on Twitch, reflecting a temporary suspension. “Unless you’ve got a time machine, that content is unavailable.”
A Twitch rep explained the suspension to Deadline in a statement. “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” the statement said. “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.”
Two particular acts by the Trump account triggered the suspension: the re-posting of an infamous 2015 Trump campaign appearance, in which he describes Mexican immigrants as “rapists.” The other was from a rally in Tulsa, OK, earlier this month. In the latter sequence, the president described the scenario of a “very tough hombre” breaking into the window of “a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever.”
Reddit, meanwhile, banned sub-Reddits including one known as “r/The Donald,” for their repeated policy violations as the company continues to pursue a clean-up of its unruly message boards.
“All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith,” explained CEO Steve Huffman in a blog post enumerating several rules it has broken. “We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity. The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us and other communities (Rules 2 and 8), and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations. Until now, we’ve worked in good faith to help them preserve the community as a space for its users—through warnings, mod changes, quarantining, and more.”
Twitter and Facebook have recently implemented some rudimentary fact-checking and labeling measures for some Trump posts. Facebook has seen a major backlash among its advertisers, with nearly 200 of them joining a boycott over its stance on Trump, hate speech and recent Black Lives Matter protests.
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