Unbeatable on social media, Trump collects defeats in the last 10 days

Unbeatable on social media, Trump collects defeats in the last 10 days

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FILE PHOTO: A supporter of US President Donald Trump shoots a video with his mobile phone from the sparsely filled upper decks of the arena as the president addresses his first re-election campaign rally in several months in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID- 19) outbreak, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US, – 6/20/2020

No press, TV, spokesperson or Official Gazette. Donald Trump, really likes to talk on social networks. Through them, he eliminates intermediaries and communicates directly with the electorate, announcing measures, coining strange expressions, such as “cowboy“, Getting into controversy and, of course, attacking opponents – Joe Biden , former vice president and rival in Presidential elections this year, for example, is the “Sleeper”.

Such ease in the networks made Trump the main rooster of the digital yard. The American newspaper Washington Post came to be impressed by the phenomenon and celebrate “The surprising genius of the account in Twitter Donald Trump ”in a 2015 article, when he was just a candidate with little chance of reaching the White House.

Trump, phowever, he no longer holds the cards. If there was no politician capable of making such a success and gaining more followers, the American president has collected defeats imposed precisely by the companies that operate in the segment. In just ten days, three setbacks complicated the life of the king of the nets.

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Still on Monday, the Twitch, which is a live video transmission platform from Amazon, banned Trump’s official channel on the social network indefinitely due to his “hateful conduct”. The president has had his official Twitch channel since October 2019.

“Hate behavior is not allowed on Twitch. According to our policies, President Trump’s channel received a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on live streams, and the offending content has been removed, ”said a Twitch spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman cited as an example the retransmission of a Trump rally in 2016, in which the president said Mexico was sending rapists to the United States.

In another Trump attack cited by the spokesman, the president again associated the Latin community with the crime of rape during the June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he told an allegory of the “hombre tough ”.

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“It’s one o’clock in the morning and one, I used the word hombre, a very tough man is invading the home of a young woman whose husband, a street vendor, is absent,” said Trump.

The president’s re-election campaign has not responded to the incident so far.


The social network Reddit knocked down this Monday, 29, the forum r / The_Donald, where around 7,800 supporters communicated daily. According to the platform, the reason for the radical measure was mainly theexposure of hate content.

“All Reddit communities must comply with our content policy in good faith. We ban the r / The_Donald, why [ele] it didn’t, despite all the opportunities, ”said Reddit Chief Executive Steve Huffman.

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THE r / The_Donald it had already been put by Reddit moderators in 2019 in “quarantine” after complaints of threats of violence made in the forum against police and public officials.

In fact, Trump had no official relationship with the forum, having participated only once, when he answered questions from members, during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The president’s supporters in the r / The_Donald, on the other hand, were not the only ones to be banned from the platform today. Another 200 forums were closed on Monday, including the r / ChapoTrapHouse, informally related to the eponymous podcast, which is critical of Trump. THE r / ChapoTrapHouse it had more than 42,000 daily active members.


Trump’s rally in Tulsa was the scene of another defeat by the president on social media. Social network users TikTok, especially the community of K-Pop fans, completed participation forms at that rally to be able to boycott the event. Thus, netizens hoped to elude Trump’s campaign in relation to the expected attendance.

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Although Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said he was not fooled by “leftists” and disregarded “tens of thousands” of forms in calculating expected attendance at the rally, the president tweeted five days before the event that “almost a million people” had ordered tickets to the event.

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The event reverberated in the American press for the images of the empty stands. The Tulsa fire department officially estimated less than 6,200 people attended the rally, held at the Bank of Oklahoma Center, which has a capacity for more than 19,000 people.

“In fact, you were just shaken by teenagers on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign with fake ticket reservations and led you to believe that a million people wanted [te ouvir]… Enough to fill an arena during [a pandemia] from Covid[-19]”, Tweeted the Democratic Congresswoman, also in tune with social networks, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

(With Reuters)


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