Even if the former President Donald Trump leaves office, his bans on social media platforms will remain in place. Twitch removed Trump’s account on Wednesday and suspended him from the video streaming service indefinitely.
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Twitch frozen Trump’s report the day after the Capitol uprising – but the report was still live and viewers could see his past streams, which were mostly reruns of his speeches and rallies.
Twitch took Trump’s suspension one step further on Wednesday by completely removing his account from the platform to ensure he couldn’t appeal or create another account against the ban.
A Twitch spokesperson said the company decided to permanently ban it because “the president’s statements continue to be interpreted as calls to action and we are taking these steps to eliminate the potential for harm to our community and the general public.”
Twitch also banned the popular PogChamp emote earlier this month after the emote’s face, Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, encouraged further “civil unrest” after the uprising.
“Twitch has clear rules prohibiting hateful conduct, harassment, or incitement to violence in our service, and we consider events outside of the service when we make enforcement decisions. However, events of the past few weeks have exposed a loophole in rhetoric that encourages violence, whether or not streamed directly on Twitch, ”a Twitch spokesperson said in a statement.
Twitch, together with Twitter, Shopify and Snapchat, have now finally banned the former president after the siege of the Capitol building earlier this month. Facebook has also banned the former president indefinitely, and COO Sheryl Sandberg is unlikely the company will leave him behind. For the past two months, Trump has been using his megaphone on social media to promote unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about election fraud, which critics say was a direct factor in his supporters storming the Capitol.
Politicians are increasingly turning to gaming platforms as powerful digital news tools to reach younger audiences. In October, MPs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar played the pandemic hit Among Us on Twitch and drew an unprecedented 700,000 viewers. Biden’s presidential campaign created his own island on Nintendo’s Animal Crossing.