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Reddit and Twitch clamp down on Trump-backing forums
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June 29, 2020 at 9:27 pm

Reddit, an online comment forum that is one of the internet’s most popular websites, has banned a forum that supported Donald Trump.

The forum, called The_Donald, was banned because it encouraged violence, regularly broke other Reddit rules, and defiantly “antagonised” Reddit and other forums, the company said in a statement.

The platform had previously tried to discipline the forum.

Reddit’s action against The_Donald was part of a larger purge at the San Francisco-based site. The company said it took down a total of 2,000 forums, known as “subreddits”, most of which it said were inactive or had few users.

Also on Monday, live-streaming site Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, temporarily banned Mr Trump’s account for violating its hateful conduct rules.

Twitch pointed to comments made in two rallies that were posted on the site.

One was at a recent rally in Tulsa, where the president mentioned “a very tough hombre” breaking into someone’s home. The other was from a 2015 campaign rally that was recently reposted on Twitch, in which he said Mexico sends people to the US who are rapists and bring drugs to the country.

Twitch declined to say how long the suspension will last.

Reddit has tweaked its rules and banned forums for white nationalists over the years in an attempt to rid its platform of vitriol.

Chief Executive Steve Huffman said earlier this month that Reddit was working with moderators to explicitly address hate speech.

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