Update: [01/08/21] Twitter has now permanently disabled Donald Trump’s account on the social media platform. After further setbacks from Trump’s social media posts during the week during and after the violence at the US Capitol Building, which resulted in 6 deaths, Twitter with Twitch and Facebook will be platforming the current president and former reality TV star in recent days of his presidency.
If you try to visit his page, you will see a blank page with Account Suspended. Along with the ban, Twitter issued a statement on the platform stating: “After carefully reviewing recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them ̵
Original post: Following a riot at the US Capitol building, Twitch has followed the lead of other notable social media companies and deactivated Trump’s account. A statement from Twitch cites the president’s “burning rhetoric” as the cause.
“In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel,” the statement said. “Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the president’s burning rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our society and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence.”
Twitch is the latest in a series of technology companies to take action against President Trump’s accounts, following riots he helped initiate. Twitter temporarily disabled his account for 12 hours, while Facebook banned him from both the social media platform and Snapchat for at least the next two weeks, “until the peaceful transition of power is complete.” Shopify also removed branded Trump stores.
The chaos that erupted at the Capitol came after weeks of President Trump making false allegations of electoral fraud, and shortly after giving a speech to a crowd of protesters urging them to march on the Capitol while Congress counts electoral votes. Several lawmakers have suggested the president’s rhetoric, often shared on social media, contributed to the violence.
It is unclear how long the Twitch ban will last. Last year, Twitch banned Trump for “hateful behavior,” and lifted the suspension after two weeks.