Twitch Temporarily Bans Donald Trump as Election Approaches
US President Donald Trump can’t seem to catch a break lately as Twitch temporarily bans his channel for “hateful conduct”. This is a common reason for Twitch channels to be banned in general, but it is surprising that Twitch is the first platform to outright ban or suspend the US president despite numerous counts of hate speech on Twitter and other platforms.
“Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. 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.
Twitch Crackdown Continues
Twitch swore to its community after the Twitch Blackout protests that it would crack down on harassment in the community. It seems that this Donald Trump being the latest among recent Twitch bans is just a continuation of that wave. Other streamers who were seemingly affected by this wave include Dr Disrepsect, though the reasoning for his ban is not yet public and could be entirely coincidental in nature. The Doc has not yet broken down why his channel was banned.
Donald Trump’s camp has not responded to the ban as of yet, but Reddit also banned his popular subreddit The_donald only minutes before the ban on Twitch occurred. The subreddit is not officially affiliated with the president but the Twitch channel belongs to his political campaign.
Trump’s channel has previously broadcast his political campaigns, which includes a rebroadcast of Trump’s kickoff rally, including comments saying that Mexico was sending rapists across US Borders. Twitch also flagged his recent Tulsa rally as being hateful.
This comes as news has not been looking good for 45’s reelection. Not only is the US one of the only countries in the world with an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases, the economy is in shambles as a result of the shutdown around Coronavirus, and Trump is down in the polls to Joe Biden by double digits. While it’s entirely possible that he could turn this around by November, it’s not looking likely.
What Does This Mean for Gaming Content?
Ultimately, this may not mean much for gaming content as a whole, but it does mean that content creators are going to have to be careful about expressing their opinions and controversial views as Twitch bans are issued sitewide as Donald Trump is no isolated incident. Of course, none of this would be a problem at all if some gamers weren’t trying to be edgelords and “funny,” by using racist or sexist rhetoric, but that’s another ball of wax entirely.
Ultimately, it’s on Twitch to clean up their community, and if content creators want to continue to play ball, they’ll have to do so on Twitch’s terms. With Donald Trump’s ban, it’s clear that some political ideology will likely have to be avoided as well.