Amazon’s prominent livestreaming platform, known as Twitch, temporarily suspended President Trump from his account on June 29, 2020, citing he violated its “hateful conduct” policy.
According to Twitch, Trump’s Words Are Akin to Hate Speech
“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. 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,” a Twitch spokesperson said in a statement via email that the Epoch Times reported on.
In terms of hateful conduct, Twitch claims to have a zero-tolerance policy, defining hateful conduct as: “any content or activity that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or serious medical condition or veteran status.”
Suspension Over Trump Campaign Clips
The first incident the platform points to dates back to Trump’s 2016 campaign days with a rebroadcast of a campaign kickoff.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said in June 2015. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” the president said.
The next matter Twitch was apparently salty about happened during a Trump rally on June 20, 2020, in Tulsa Oklahoma.
“Hey, it’s 1 o’clock in the morning and a very tough, I’ve used the word on occasion, hombre, a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do,” Trump said during his first campaign since the coronavirus pandemic.
“And you call 911 and they say, ‘I’m sorry, this number’s no longer working.’ By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether it’s a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you’re sleeping,” Trump added.
Conservative Censorship on the Rise
Twitch alleges that they warned the Trump team last year when his campaign account was first created: “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.”
It is really no surprise that another Silicon Valley big tech corporation is going against the president. Along with Trump, conservatives have faced an ever-growing battle of censorship from social media and other tech giants, especially since the 2016 election. Facebook, Twitter, and other media giants have shown increasing bias towards those on the right at an alarming rate.
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) July 1, 2020
President Trump has yet to respond to his suspension, but he has made it clear that the continuous censorship many Americans face needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.