It comes after recent streams on the president’s account, one being the broadcast of a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the second being an airing of one of his rallies from the 2016 campaign, were flagged by Twitch. Both of the broadcasts contained negative comments about Mexican immigrants, which the streaming service took issue with.
One of the videos flagged by Twitch has the following Trump comment: “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.”
The Twitch account was created by the sitting president’s campaign in October 2019, at which point the company made it clear to the media team that it will not make exceptions for politicians – not even the president. “Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines,” the company said at the time. “We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules.”
Social media platforms have been trying to a stand on perceived hate speech in recent years. While not the only perpetrator, POTUS is definitely highlighting the process. Last month he signed an executive order that pressures the FTC to take action against companies that sensor (his) speech, after Twitter hid one of his tweets for breaking community guidelines about glorifying violence.
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