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Twitch Suspends Trump’s Channel for ‘Hateful Conduct’

  

Twitch Suspends Trump’s Channel for ‘Hateful Conduct’

Twitch, the livestreaming platform, said on Monday that it was suspending President Trump’s channel for “hateful conduct,” in what appeared to be the first deliberate suspension of one of Mr. Trump’s social media accounts.

Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, said two recent streams on Mr. Trump’s channel violated its rules. One stream was of a rebroadcasted 2015 campaign event in which Mr. Trump made comments about Mexico sending drugs, crime and rapists over the border. The other was of his recent rally in Tulsa, Okla., where he talked about a “very tough hombre” breaking into a woman’s house at 1 a.m.

“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” a Twitch spokeswoman said in a statement. “In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed.”

But, she added, “if stuff gets removed from one platform, it simply migrates to another.”

Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign, did not address Twitch’s suspension directly but said in a statement that people should download the Trump campaign app or text the campaign’s automated number to “hear directly from the president.”

Twitch is not one of Mr. Trump’s top social media channels. His channel began streaming only last October and had amassed more than 125,000 followers and 113 streams, compared with his more than 83 million followers on Twitter. By Monday afternoon, the URL for Mr. Trump’s Twitch channel displayed a message saying “that content is unavailable.”

This is a developing news story. Check back for updates.