Reddit, Twitch Clamp Down On Hate Speech, Including Trump Forums

  • Reddit, Twitch Clamp Down On Hate Speech, Including Trump Forums

Reddit, Twitch Clamp Down On Hate Speech, Including Trump Forums

Trump's Twitch channel was banned on the very same day Reddit announced a slew of new policies which also saw the popular r/the_Donald subreddit permanently banned from its platform.

Today, Twitch temporarily suspended the official channel of Donald Trump, the President of the United States, for hateful conduct.

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.

"We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules", the company says.

Trump has complained that Silicon Valley platforms are biased against conservatives.

Speaking to LADbible, Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for the Trump campaign, said: "To hear directly from the President, people should download the Trump app and text "Trump" to 88022". A suspension is not the same as a ban, but it's unclear when President Trump's Twitch channel will be reinstated. After many warnings that the racist and generally bad content on the forum violated Reddit's rules, the subreddit has been permanently shut down.

"Communities and people that inciting violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned".

"Ultimately, it's our responsibility to support our communities by taking stronger action against those who try to weaponize parts of Reddit against other people", Chief Executive Officer Steve Huffman said. "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". "'The_Donald' has been in violation of that".

Also cited were his statements from a recent Tulsa rally that "a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away". The company said it took down a total of 2,000 forums, known as the site as "subreddits", most of which it said were inactive or had few users.

In addition to r/The_Donald, Reddit has also banned a left-wing subreddit named after a podcast called r/ChapTrapHouse.

Facebook, for example, has come under fire from liberal groups in recent months for its hands-off policy regarding the censorship of content and for choosing not to fact-check or suppress content political ads.