Twitch has suspended the official account of the Trump campaign.
“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” a Twitch spokesperson told VICE in an email. “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.”
Alongside the change to the content policy, we are initially banning about 2000 subreddits, the vast majority of which are inactive. Of these communities, about 200 have more than 10 daily users. Both r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse were included.
Unfortunately, the list is censored beyond the top 10, so it’s hard to tell if any “blue lives” subreddits are included. All I can say for sure is that there are three subreddits that start with “bl” on that list.
So looking at that list I have to wonder if there’s even a block list in place at all for naming a subreddit. They seem to have taken the Valve approach of not doing anything while having the ability to do something until it becomes to big for them to ignore.
Glad to see all the companies finally taking a stand and putting the kibosh on trump when it really matters, when he’s almost out of office, popularity in free fall as he catastrophically mismanages crisis. Glad they all decided now that it looks like he’s on his way out they now can bravely take a stand!
Even if you don’t like the podcast or its community, Reddit equivocating the CTH subreddit’s hard leftism with the_donald’s unfiltered bigotry is tech centrism at its most on-brand.
Also, this reads more as the major social media sites’ retaliation after they spent years looking the other way on his barely-dogwhistled hate speech, only for him to drop an executive order on them just because Twitter started putting meek fact-checks under his posts. The timing of them trying to clean up their image is more convenient than anything else.
I will give absolutely no benefit of the doubt to all of the primary social media sites, and assume any decision they make is done for cynical reasons.
Keep in mind that the initial spark that caused gamergate to be dubbed gamergate involved (and I stress that this was complete bullshit) the relationship between a game developer and a Kotaku reporter. So Kotaku got a lot of troglodyte vitriol as a consequence.