Streaming service wants to minimize the president's ability to cause harm.
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Following an attack on the US Capital by Trump's group of loyal far-right terrorists, President Trump's official Twitch channel has been suspended. This suspension is in addition to a temporary ban on Twitter and an indefinite ban on Facebook.

A Twitch spokesperson issued a statement about today's ban on Donald Trump's Twitch channel.

"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."
According to the representative, Twitch is trying to minimize the president's ability to cause harm in the lead up to President-elect Biden's new administration taking office on January 20. The company will "reassess his account after he leaves office."

This marks at least the second time that Trump's Twitch channel has been suspended. In 2020, his account was suspended for two weeks for violating the site's rules against hateful conduct and harassment. Yesterday's events were fueled by the president's baseless lies about the election being stolen from him. The assault on the US Capital has resulted in four deaths and multiple injuries.

This ban on Trump's account also comes less than a day after Twitch removed the popular PogChamp emote from their site. This was done in response to tweets made by conspiracy beleiver and the face behind PogChamp, Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez.

The main tweet from Gootecks that led to this action from Twitch had him calling for "civil unrest" on behalf of one of the rioters. The rioter in question was a woman that was shot and killed by law enforcement during the attempted coup on the US Capital. Gootecks referred to the QAnon supporting woman as "the #MAGAMartyr" and called her death an "execution." Twitch saw this as a call for further violence from the pro-Trump terrorists.

This certainly was not Gootecks' first foray into conspiracy theories. He has been posting COVID conspiracy theories for ages now, but calls to remove his emotes were largely ignored by Twitch prior to yesterday. Twitch says that they will be working with the community "to design a new emote for the most hype moments on Twitch." It should also be noted that "Pog" and other variants of that emote are still free to be used on the site.