Trump supporters lost another way to connect when social media site Reddit shut down r/The_Donald (the company uses the r/ notation for the main group, and then “subreddits” are underneath it), a forum for supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump.
The company revamped its content policies and told communities, or groups of users on different forums, that those promoting hate based on identity or vulnerability would be shut out.
Chief Executive Steve Huffman said in a post on the site:
“All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity.”
The company wasn’t just gunning for Trump, it banned about 2,000 subreddits, most of which were inactive, as well as left-wing forum r/ChapoTrapHouse.
Amazon’s live-streaming platform Twitch said it had temporarily banned Trump’s channel over its hateful conduct policy.
A twitch spokeswoman said:
“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed.”
While some people will claim this violates freedom of speech, it doesn’t. We’re only guaranteed that government entities or government-sponsored entities cannot abridge our freedom of speech. Private companies can do almost anything they want, including barring users with points of view.