Twitch Unbans President Trump After Two Week Suspension
United States president Donald Trump has been unbanned by Twitch after the streaming company originally banned his account for “hateful conduct” two weeks prior. Twitch cited several incidents, including Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa and a 2015 campaign event where he called Mexican immigrants “rapists,” as reasons for the ban.
The ban on Trump’s account came after Twitch claimed it would crack down on harassment more severely. Dozens of streamers across the platform have come forward to share stories of assault, abuse, and harassment by Twitch streamers.
Twitch responded to the wave of allegations with several statements saying it is “committed to continuing our efforts to make Twitch a safer environment with more tools to combat harassment and hate.” The company also banned multiple streamers, including IamSp00n, Wolv21, BlessRNG, DreadedCone, WarwitchTV, and others, who were accused of sexual abuse.
Trump’s account was primarily used to broadcast new and old campaign events. The question now is how long it’ll be before Trump gets banned again.
“Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines,” Twitch previously said, even though the company’s enforcement of their policies regarding Trump has been inconsistent in the past. “We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules.”
Twitch defines “hateful conduct” on the platform 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, and is prohibited.”
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