Twitch disables Donald Trump's account

The president can no longer use the account to stream to his followers.

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Igor Bonifacic
January 7, 2021 2:43 PM
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Yet another tech platform has taken action against President Donald Trump in connection to Wednesday’s riot at the US Capitol. On Thursday, Twitch disabled the president’s account, meaning he can no longer use the platform to stream to his followers.

“In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel,” a spokesperson for the company told Engadget. “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."

Several other notable tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Shopify, took action against the president’s presence on their respective platforms earlier in the day.

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This isn’t the first time Twitch has reprimanded the President. In June, the company temporarily suspended his account after it streamed segments from his 2020 Tulsa and one of his 2016 campaign stops. At the time, the company cited its policies on hateful conduct and harassment for the decision, saying the president violated them when he made disparaging remarks about Mexican migrants.

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