45th President of the United States Donald Trump has been temporarily banned from Twitch, over allegedly “hateful conduct” that violated Twitch’s terms of service.
Back in October 2019, Team Trump (a group set up for President Trump’s presidential campaigns) had created a Twitch account to broadcast the Trump’s speeches from rallies.
Now, The Verge reports that the Twitch account has been temporarily banned for “hateful conduct.” The Verge reports that the issue stemmed from a rebroadcast; presumably of his Presidential announcement speech wherein he stated the following:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. 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.”
Twitch also reportedly flagged comments President Trump made during his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20th.
“Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines,” a Twitch spokesperson told The Verge. “We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules.”
On May 28th, President Trump signed an executive order on “Preventing Online Censorship,” after Twitter marked one of his tweets as “deceptive.” Trump had expressed concern that mail-in ballots “will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.”
In summation, the executive order ascertains that social media is the modern “public square.” As such they would lose their protections from being liable for what users post, if they use “their power over a vital means of communication to engage in deceptive or pretextual actions stifling free and open debate by censoring certain viewpoints.”
We will keep you informed as we learn more. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below!