Twitch took another step in response to the attack on the US Capitol yesterday. US President Donald Trump’s Twitch account has now been suspended.
The move comes after Facebook locked the president’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. In an email to Kotaku, a Twitch spokesman said the move was intended to prevent the president from “inciting further violence”.
“In light of the shocking attack on the Capitol, we deactivated President Trump’s Twitch channel yesterday,” they said. “Given the current emergency and the president’s inflammatory rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent the use of Twitch to incite further violence.”
The spokesman said the suspension currently had no end date. “We are focused on minimizing the damage leading to the government’s transition and will reassess its account once he leaves office.”
It is a bit unclear what stopping is in this case. Donald Trump’s account is still visible on Twitch, and older videos uploaded to the account can be viewed. Twitch may have stopped broadcasting or uploading new videos at this time.
This is the second time the US president’s account has been suspended. Twitch briefly suspended its account in June for broadcasting “hateful content.”
Twitch’s (and Facebook’s) decision to block the president’s social media accounts felt somewhat like closing the barn door after the horse escaped, descended to Washington, and encouraged a crowd of pro-Trump supporters to march on Capitol Hill. Little of what the president posted on social media in the past week is different from what he posted after the November election loss.
On the Twitch side, it’s not like Donald Trump jumping on the channel and streaming Fortnite while distributing incendiary content. It seems that the account mostly serves as a place to relay Trump’s rallies to a gaming audience.
By 2020, Twitch, which is normally focused on video games, has already become a popular center for political mobilization, thanks in part to politicians such as President-elect Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Senator Bernie Sanders and MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes. in USA.