Twitch, the top live streaming platform in the world right now, has temporarily suspended President Donald Trump’s account for violating its policies around hateful conduct. A re-airing of one of Trump’s rallies where he made derogatory statements against Mexican migrants was removed citing hateful conduct.
“Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules,” Twitch was quoted as saying in a statement (via Engadget).
Twitch clearly mentions in its community guidelines that hateful conduct amounts to a zero-tolerance violation, and actions taken against such behavior might even include indefinite suspension, something that appears to have happened in the case of Trump’s account.
US puts Xiaomi on military blacklist, bans American investment in the company
The United States government has put Chinese consumer electronics giant Xiaomi on a military blacklist which seeks to ban American investment in the company. The move, which was first reported by Reuters, will force American companies/individuals to divest their holdings in Xiaomi and other companies on the blacklist by November 11, 2021. To make it clear, this military blacklist is different from the US Commerce Department’s “Entity List” that bans any trade with companies that pose a threat to national security.
The US Department of Defense has today released an updated list of “Communist Chinese military companies”, which also has the likes of HUAWEI and semiconductor giant SMIC on it. With Xiaomi’s addition to the list, US shareholders might be forced to divest in the company by November 2021 in accordance with an executive order signed by outgoing US President Donald Trump a couple of months ago. The order might get reversed when President-Elect Joe Biden takes the commands in his hands later this month, but that’s just speculation.
“The Department is determined to highlight and counter the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Military-Civil Fusion development strategy, which supports the modernization goals of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by ensuring its access to advanced technologies and expertise acquired and developed by even those PRC companies, universities, and research programs that appear to be civilian entities,” says the US Department of Defense in its statement regarding the addition of Xiaomi to the military blacklist.
The Xiaomi blacklisting has been executed in accordance with Section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act. The executive order mentioned above covers China’s alleged national strategy of Military-Civil Fusion as part of which the Chinese government forces civil companies to support its military and intelligence endeavors while allowing them to operate as private companies. It also notes that China exploits US investors by allowing these companies to source investment from American companies and individual shareholders.
Snapchat permanently suspends Donald Trump’s account citing public safety concern
Snapchat has decided to permanently suspend the account of Donald Trump after putting an indefinite ban on it following the Capitol Hill riots earlier this month. The suspension, which was first reported by Axios, comes after Twitter decided to boot the outgoing US president permanently off its platform as well for repeated serious policy violations.
“Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account, and have been assessing what long term action is in the best interest of our Snapchat community. In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account,” Snap said in a statement shared with Pocketnow.
Back in June last year, Snap put a stop to promoting content shared by Trump’s account in the Discover feed over material that was deemed harmful and posed a risk of inciting violence. However, Trump’s actions continued to violate Snapchat’s policies in the subsequent months, leading to the removal of his posts on multiple occasions.
The social media company tells us that its platform is built primarily for communicating with people, and not for the dissemination of false information and toxic rhetoric that could lead to unrest. While Snapchat joins Twitter in permanently banning Donald Trump, Facebook and Instagram have put his account on an indefinite suspension, at least until the transfer of power and the associated ceremony for President elect Joe Biden concludes.
Earlier today, Twitter chief Jack Dorsey shared some thoughts on Trump being banned on the platform and the kind of precedent it sets for other companies in a lengthy thread. “That said, having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications. While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us,” Dorsey tweeted.
I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.
— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
Twitter has permanently banned Donald Trump
So, it has happened at last. In what can be called the beginning of de-platforming Donald Trump from social media, Twitter has finally put in place a permanent ban on him and set the ball rolling. After labeling Donald Trump’s tweets for misleading content, getting some of them removed over risks of inciting violence, and temporarily suspending his account, Twitter has taken the next logical step – a permanent ban. Twitter has permanently banned the verified account of outgoing US President Donald Trump for violating its policies in the aftermath of the Capitol Hill siege by pro-Trump supporters earlier this week.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company mentioned in a blog post. Twitter’s move came after reports mentioning that a lot of Twitter employees have been demanding a permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s account.
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
The social media giant added that two previous tweets from Trump, one of which talked about him missing the presidential inauguration ceremony later this month, could inspire people to engage in more violent activities similar to the one that took place in the Capitol Hill premises on January 6, 2021. Additionally, Twitter’s team also came to the conclusion that these tweets could be perceived as yet another encouragement for violence to his supporters.
You can read Twitter’s threat assessment that resulted in a permanent ban of Donald Trump’s account:
“Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks. After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”
In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. https://t.co/NrANZJcAfo
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
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