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Twitch disables Trump's account after violence in DC

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What you need to know

  • The US Capitol was recently breached and stormed by pro-Trump supporters on Wednesday, shocking the nation.
  • Popular streaming site Twitch already took some action by removing the popular "PogChamp" emoji after the personality behind it made an insensitive statement.
  • Now, Twitch has made the decision to indefinitely disable Trump's account, following the attacks on the Capitol and Trump's responses to the situation.
  • Trump's account isn't banned, so videos and streams remain up, but Trump will not be able to stream until at least after he leaves office.

The country and the world as a whole was shocked when an unruly group of pro-Trump supporters managed to breach and storm the US Capitol building yesterday. This has led to a series of decisions from social media companies, who are attempting to crack down on posts and stances that incite violence and dangerous behavior. Facebook and Instagram have already indefinitely suspended President Donald Trump from their platforms following the horrifying events, and Trump's dangerous comments on the situation. Now, Twitch is following in their footsteps by disabling Trump's account.

In a report from the Verge, a Twitch spokesperson said the following:

"In light of yesterday's shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump's Twitch channel. Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President's incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence."

Trump's Twitch account hasn't been banned, so all previous videos and streams are still in place, but the account is indefinitely disabled. This means Trump will not be able to stream at all, and Twitch is apparently planning to reassess Trump's account only after the current President leaves office.

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This follows Twitch's earlier move to remove the popular "PogChamp" emoji from the platform after the personality behind the emoji spoke out in favor of the riot inside the Capitol and incited further action following a woman's death during yesterday's events.

Finally, Twitter also removed some of the more dangerous posts from Trump's account and temporarily locked him out, but there's no word on a proper indefinite suspension or ban from Twitter as of right now.

Twitch remains one of the top choices for streamers everywhere and continues to make moves to ensure the platform is a safe place for everyone. If you're interested in getting into streaming, consider one of the Best Microphones for Streamers to get started.

Zachary Boddy
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33 Comments
  • Shouldn't they be against violence from both sides? I am. Blm terrorists can burn and loot cities? I condemn be th sides of violence.
  • Who should they ban from Twitch?
  • Unless someone was actively streaming themselves doing violent acts on Twitch, I don't think anyone should be banned
  • Cam girls who don't actually use the platform for gaming. They are breaking the rules.
  • But I thought it was the evil ANTIFA that loots and burns cities? Today a capital policeman died, and here I thought that Blue Lives Matter? There are always double standards even though there shouldn't be, in this case they are going after the larger fish. They are also doing too little, too late. Thanks for nothing Twitch. Go back to sleep.
  • Ah, the old 'but both sides do it' argument. How about acknowledge bad behavior on its own merits and hold people accountable rather than trying to compare and deflect?
  • @Kros precisely, regardless who it is - incitement of violence and hatred etc should never be tolerated. Not to mention incitement of violence and hatred is not free speech it's a crime.
  • They didn't raid Congress at the president's urging.
  • Who cares, Not like he really used it. The issue is Americans all should be against censorship regardless who it is. Sorry Jez this isn't your fight.
  • Yep, and thankfully it isn't most of ours now (well soon). Good riddance.
  • @BriangStanley this is not censorship, you do realise incitement of violence and hatred is not free speech?
    It's a crime, if it was not a crime then terrorists would be free to spew their vile b.s all over the web. Think for once, think.
  • this is censorship, plain and simple. just what we need, someone to tell us what's good or bad and to "allow" us to see or not see content. Hello Venezuela!
  • Not fighting, just observing. In the UK it's illegal to incite violence on a public platform, but no idea what Trump was/is doing on Twitch. I know Bezos hates him though so, lol. Private companies can do what they want generally here.
  • It is supposed to be illegal here too Jez. It also is supposed to be illegal to say you are going to put the Vice President "in front of a firing squad", but there seems to be double standards on enforcement. I am sure the rest of the world can see it as clearly as SOME of us do.
  • The double standard is the problem. Trump never outright told anybody to do anything. It was poor judgement to hold a rally the day that he did, but he never incited violence. It's not illegal to make a claim that election fraud happened. Maxine Watters literally told people to go and harass cabinet members, Kamala Harris said people should be continuing to protest when BLM and Antifa were burning city blocks and attacking federal courthouses. They were never banned, even temporarily. What happened at the capital, was unacceptable. What happened over the summer was also unacceptable. To condemn one, and not the other, is pure and simple hypocrisy.
  • Well put! This is exactly what has happened this year. The Democrats called for violence and tolerated the riots over the summer without ever denouncing BLM or antifa.
  • Trump incited a mob to attack Congress. Five people died, including a police officer.
  • We have seen President Donald with weapons, probably
    It's Potus, easy.
  • More virtue signalling in the gaming world 🤦‍♂️
  • Trump invited a mob to attack Congress. Five people died. Maybe you should stop libertarian virtue signaling and get some perspective.
  • One Air Force veteran was shot dead by, supposedly, the US Capitol Police.
    One Capitol Police officer has died, original story was that he was attacked with a fire extinguisher which was debunked.
    Three other protestors died from medical emergencies: "One adult female and two adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies, which resulted in their deaths,"
  • Look at all the salty Trumpkins in the comments 😋
  • The Trump insurrectionists at the Capitol are not "salty." They're extremely dangerous. They reject democracy and constitutional government.
  • Book burners of the past thought the were doing the right thing, too.
  • Twitch doesn't belong to the government. They can disable whatever account they want.
  • Within their own guidelines. Was Trumps account actively promoting violence or were Twitch jumping on the media hype for their own gain?
  • Incitement of violence and hatred is a crime - pure and simple. Regardless who it is they should always be held accountable.
  • "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard." Such a violent and inciteful comment. You have no idea what the man even said.
  • "Was Trumps account actively promoting violence" Yes. Then a mob attacked Congress in session. And five people died.
  • Yes, comments such as this should not be allowed anywhere! "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard." Truth is you have no idea what he even said.
  • @LazyGepid How about the people of the past who stormed government offices looking for politicians to lynch? Any comment on them?
  • It looked like the police were escorting antifa and the trump supporters inside the building
  • Such terroristic speech: At the 18:16 mark:
    "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard."
    https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-speech-save-america-ra... Such anarchy should not be allowed! Fact is most people calling for Trump's speech to be abridged don't have a clue what he even said.