Twitch Disables Donald Trump’s Account Following Attack on Capitol
This marks the second time Twitch has suspended the President's account.
Following Wednesday’s attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists, Twitch has disabled the account of President Donald Trump.
In a statement to Polygon, a Twitch spokesperson said “In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel. 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.”
Yesterday’s siege was the result of dangerous language espoused by the President. Prior to a mob of pro-Trump extremists storming into the Capitol building and occupying the halls of both the Senate and Congress, Trump told his followers to march to the Capitol and make their voices heard. The attack resulted in the evacuation of Senators, including Vice President Pence and soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris, and the disruption of the counting of electoral college ballots to certify the victory of President-Elect Joseph Biden. During the attack, four people died, including one woman who was shot and killed by Capitol Police. Some insurrectionists carried confederate flags and nooses with them into the Capitol building.
This isn’t the first time Twitch has suspended President Trump’s account. This past June, the streaming service temporarily banned the president’s account for ‘hateful conduct.’
We believe the risks of allowing President Trump to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great, so we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks. pic.twitter.com/JkyGOTYB1Z
— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) January 7, 2021
Twitch isn’t the only online service to issue a temporary ban to the President. Earlier today, Facebook, which has been one of Trump’s main platforms for reaching his supporters, blocked the president’s accounts “indefinitely.”
Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol also led to the ouster of one of Twitch’s iconic emotes, PogChamp. The emote, used during exciting or hype moments in Twitch streams, was of Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez’s face. After the attack on the Capitol, however, Gutierrez posted on Twitter, calling for additional violence in retaliation to the death of an insurrectionist at the hands of Capitol Police. Twitch later removed the emote and is now working with community members to replace it.