Why Donald Trump has been temporarily banned from Twitch

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

For weeks Donald Trump has stoked the ire of social media platforms resulting in some of his content being flagged as inappropriate, some content being removed and in the latest example, being banned.

Twitch is the firm behind that final example, although the ban is temporary.

What brought about the ban? It appears that it wasn’t one singular incident, but rather two incidents which violated Twitch’s policies.

The first was reportedly a rebroadcast of Trump’s first rally where he infamously claimed Mexico was sending rapists to the US.

Twitch sent Fox News examples of what Trump said during the broadcast which can be read below.

“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. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people,” Trump said.

The second incident appears to be tied to Trump’s most recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to a CNN report, “Trump spoke hypothetically of ‘a very tough hombre’ breaking into the house of a ‘young woman.'”

As a result, Trump has become the most recent person to be banned from using 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 told CNN.

It will be interesting to see Trump’s reaction to this news mainly because Twitch is owned by Jeff Bezos’ Amazon. While Twitch is certainly within its rights to ban Trump, we don’t foresee this being a ban the president will take lightly.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.