Social networks are facing renewed pressure to better police exchanges between users and prevent harassment, discrimination and other insulting behavior.
The outrages of Donald Trump and some of his supporters no longer pass for the American digital giants. After Twitter and Facebook, Twitch temporarily suspended the president’s account for “hateful behavior” on Monday, June 29, while the generally permissive Reddit chat platform banned a leader’s fan forum for violating its policies on incitement to hatred.
A subsidiary of Amazon, Twitch pointed to two specific comments from Donald Trump that violated its rules. The first date of his inaugural campaign rally, in 2015, when he assured that the Mexican immigrants brought drugs and were “rapists”. The second is of the same order and was pronounced at the recent meeting in Tulsa, for its re-election campaign.
“We have banned (the group) r / The_Donald, because (…) this community has repeatedly hosted and supported content that violates our first rule”, on the promotion of hate, for its part explained Reddit in a press release.
In the wave of the large-scale movement against systemic racism in the United States, social networks are facing renewed pressure to better police exchanges between users and prevent harassment, discrimination and other insulting behavior. Twitter’s favorite platform, Twitter notably stood out at the end of May by masking a message from Donald Trump considered to be an incitement to violence against demonstrations of support for George Floyd, an African-American who was asphyxiated by a white police officer.