Twitch Bans Donald Trump Permanently
After the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Twitch suspended Donald Trump’s Twitch channel. The potential for the former president’s rhetoric incites violence and discord, which is why Twitch permanently banned Donald Trump. They also revealed Twitch would be revising their policies in the future. StreamerBans confirmed this on Twitter.
Hateful Conduct, Harassment, and Incitement of Violence Are Not Welcome
This went down not too long after Joe Biden’s inauguration as our new president of the United States. Twitch bans Donald Trump because of an “ongoing risk of further incitement of violence.” It’s no secret that the former president did nothing to halt or stop the attack on the U.S. Capitol and instead said he “loved them.” He merely asked them to be safe and stand down instead of condemning them. There’s no telling what Trump would say next to make sure Twitch isn’t a platform that allows hate speech and harassment.
Twitch banned President Trump and made an official statement on the matter. “We have indefinitely suspended President Trump’s Twitch channel due to the ongoing risk of further incitement of violence. The president’s statements continue to be interpreted as calls to action, and we are taking this action to remove the potential for harm to our community and the general public.
Twitch has clear rules that prohibit hateful conduct, harassment, or incitement of violence on our service, and we consider off-service events when making enforcement decisions. However, the past weeks’ events highlighted a gap concerning rhetoric that encourages violence, regardless of whether it was directly streamed on Twitch. We will be updating our policies as a result of our consideration of this situation.”
We do hope that going forward. Twitch actively pushes to stop harassment, threats of violence, and hateful acts/conduct on their platform. It has far from gone away, and there’s a lot to do yet. We’ll keep our eyes on this. So far, we’ve only seen things like the word simp being banned. Twitch still has a great deal of distance to go to win people’s trust back, but this is a good start.