Twitch has temporarily suspended the official Donald Trump Twitch channel for hateful conduct.
The account was blocked from view earlier today, with a Twitch spokesperson telling GamesIndustry.biz, “Hateful conduct is not allowed on 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.”
The representative highlighted two comments from campaign rallies that were recently aired on the Twitch channel as examples of hateful conduct.
The first comment was from a 2016 campaign rally, where Trump said, “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.”
The second comment was from Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma earlier this month, in which the president said, “Hey, it’s 1:00 o’clock in the morning and a very tough — I’ve used the word on occasion, hombre — a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do. And you call 911 and they say, ‘I’m sorry, this number’s no longer working.’ By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether it’s a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you’re sleeping.”
The Trump re-election campaign launched the Twitch channel last October. Twitch said it told the president’s campaign at the time that the platform does not make exceptions to its code of conduct for political or newsworthy content, as other platforms have in justifying the way they handle Trump’s activities.