09/01/2021 Trump’s Twitter account has now also been banned.
Streaming platform Twitch has officially pulled the plug on outgoing US President Donald Trump’s account. The news follows the attack on the Capitol building – the meeting place of the United States Congress – earlier this week.
A Twitch spokesperson has told PCGamesN that, “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.”
It is currently unclear what this suspension entails, seeing that Trump’s account is still viewable on the platform. Twitch has been otherwise proactive in removing content supporting the attacks, even removing the much-loved ‘PogChamp’ emote following a number of controversial tweets made by its subject, Ryan ‘Gootecks’ Gutierrez. Gootecks has now been replaced by a rotation of different faces making his iconic expression.
Trump has also been banned indefinitely from social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg states that, following Trump’s use of Facebook “to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government,” this block will remain intact “for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
Twitter meanwhile has removed posts from Trump which violate its Civic Integrity policy, though a ban has yet to be issued.