Jan 7, 2021 - Technology
Twitch disables Trump's channel following chaos in D.C.
Twitch, the Amazon-owned live video streaming platform, disabled President Trump's account, a spokesperson confirmed to Axios on Thursday.
Why it matters: It's the latest in a string of platform efforts to take action on Trump's accounts following his calls for violence that resulted in the historic riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
- Snapchat was the first to disable the president's account Wednesday.
- Facebook said Thursday it banned Trump's account indefinitely, but at least for two weeks.
- Twitter froze Trump out of his account for breaking the platform's rules, and may be ban him indefinitely if he breaks the company's rules again.
- YouTube said it will start applying strikes to Trump's account and other channels that post videos pushing misinformation about the election results.
- Shopify, the e-commerce platform, removed two online stores affiliated with the president.
What they're saying: “In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel," a spokesperson from Twitch told Axios.
- "Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President's incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence."
Flashback: Twitch was one of the first platforms in June to temporarily ban Donald Trump's channel for hateful content about the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer.
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