Twitch temporarily bans President Trump for hateful conduct

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Twitch has temporarily banned President Donald Trump, in the latest surprise and high-profile suspension from the streaming service. Trump’s account was banned for “hateful conduct” that was aired on stream, and Twitch says the offending content has been removed.

One of the streams in question was a rebroadcast of Trump’s infamous kickoff rally, where he said that Mexico was sending rapists to the United States. Twitch also flagged comments at Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa.

“Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules,” a Twitch spokesperson told The Verge.

The suspension arrives a week after Twitch swore it would crack down on harassment within the community following reports of assault and harassment from streamers.

Twitch said last week that it would begin issuing permanent bans to streamers in response to the allegations coming out. The first major ban that came down appears to be on Dr Disrespect, one of the sites most popular streamers. Twitch has repeatedly declined to confirm why (or even whether) Dr Disrespect was banned – there were not public allegations against him – and the streamer has said he has not been told why his channel has disappeared.

The Trump campaign launched its Twitch page in October. The campaign appeared to use the page for broadcasting rallies and campaign events.