Friday, 03 July, 2020


Twitch, Reddit hate crackdown targets Trump, supporters

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday Twitch suspends Donald Trump's account as Reddit bans his supporters community
Bennie Garza | 29 June, 2020, 23:42

Reddit is banning r/The_Donald along with nearly 2,000 other online communities after updating its content policy to crack down harder on hate speech, the company announced on Monday. Reddit said of the 2,000 forums banned Monday, about 200 had more than 10 daily users. "Reddit's ban [of] a bunch of mostly irrelevant subreddits (apart from ChapoTrapHouse) is just cover to ban r/The_Donald, which was the largest pro-MAGA community on the Internet", tweeted YouTuber and Human Events Managing Editor Ian Miles Cheong.

Reddit banned its largest pro-Trump message board (known as a subreddit), r/The_Donald, saying that it had "consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average" while refusing to cooperate with the company's efforts to bring it into compliance.

Twitch, a subsidiary of the e-commerce giant Amazon, confirmed on Monday that it has separately suspended Trump's campaign channel on the platform for posting videos that ran afoul of its rules against content that "promotes, encourages or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment or violence" based on an individual's identity.

"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch", the company said in an emailed statement.

Huffman also said Reddit should have moved sooner to restrict access to r/The_Donald, which it "quarantined" previous year, citing threats of violence against police and public officials.

"All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith", Huffman wrote.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In the same way, r/ChapoTrapHouse, a spinoff of the left-wing podcast, was also hosting content in violation of the site's rules, the chief executive said.

One of the streams identified by the spokeswoman was a rebroadcast of a 2016 Trump rally in which the president said Mexico was sending rapists to the US.

"To be clear, views across the political spectrum are allowed on Reddit - but all communities must work within our policies and do so in good faith, without exception", the company's CEO, Steve Huffman, wrote in a post announcing the policy change.

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