Donald Trump News Today
There is two new news today from the ongoing battle between social media and politics in the United States. Both Twitch and Reddit have made moves against political content, citing violations of terms of service.
Twitch confirmed today that it has temporarily suspended the president’s account. “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” a spokesperson for the streaming giant told TechCrunch. “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.”
Twitch specifically cites two incidents from campaign rallies, uttered by Trump at gatherings four years apart. The first comes from his campaign kickoff, including the now infamous words:
- 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.
The second is from the recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his first since COVID-19-related shutdowns ground much of presidential campaigning to a halt. Here’s the pertinent bit from that:
- 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 Reddit cites the following new rules:
- Rule 1 explicitly states that communities and users that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.
- There is an expanded definition of what constitutes a violation of this rule, along with specific examples, in our Help Center article.
- Rule 2 ties together our previous rules on prohibited behavior with an ask to abide by community rules and post with authentic, personal interest.
- Debate and creativity are welcome, but spam and malicious attempts to interfere with other communities are not.
Here are the actions social platforms have taken against Trump’s accounts and groups so far.
The president’s social media platform of choice ironically led the charge when it came to articulating and enforcing new policies against hate speech. Its overall policy is not to remove Trump’s account or content, but to flag content that violates its policies against misinformation, hate speech, modified media, and presumably more.
In May, it fact-checked two of Trump’s tweets that contained misinformation about absentee voting. Days later, it hid a tweet glorifying violence against Black Lives Matter protesters. Most recently, it put a label on a fake video that Trump tweeted classifying it as “manipulated media.”
The ephemeral content platform is allowing Trump’s account to remain on Snapchat but is drawing a line when it comes to promoting that content. Snapchat announced that it would no longer feature Trump’s content in its Discover section, which is a curated content portal that Snapchat wants to be hate-free. Snapchat clarified that the president’s off-platform actions — presumably, his Tweets and Facebook posts glorifying violence, and his tear-gassing of protesters for the sake of a photo-op — inspired the decision.
The community forum site announced a new policy against hate and violence Monday, which is accompanied by the removal of 2,000 subreddits that routinely host content that violates its rules.
The highest-profile subreddit to get the axe? r/The_Donald, a subreddit is dedicated to President Trump that was a cesspool of alt-right racism and misinformation. That’s a reverse from Reddit’s 2018 policy in which it deemed racism A-OK.
The streaming platform levied a temporary ban against Trump’s Twitch channel for “hateful conduct” Monday. Twitch banned Trump for posting his infamous racist comments about Mexican immigrants, including his campaign speech from 2016 in which he called them “rapists.”