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Twitch bans Russian state media in fight against the spread of harmful misinformation

A wall of video monitors displaying real-time video games is seen at the San Francisco offices of Twitch Interactive Inc, an Amazon social video platform and gaming community
A wall of video monitors displaying real-time video games is seen at the offices of Twitch Interactive Inc, an Amazon social video platform and gaming community, in San Francisco, California, the United States, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

March 3, 2022

By Elizabeth Culliford

(Reuters) – Amazon’s Twitch will ban users who persistently spread harmful misinformation on and from the live video streaming site, in a move that blocks Russian state media from the platform, it said on Thursday.

Twitch, which is popular with video gamers, said the rule would ban users whose online presence is designed to spread widely debunked misinformation with clear risks of real-world harm, such as: B. Conspiracies promoting violence.

A Twitch spokesman said the new rule would prevent Russian state media from establishing a presence on the site as outlets have persistently disseminated misinformation off their service.

The spokesman said Russian media outlets are not prominent on the platform, but that they removed a channel with minimal activity that they believed had ties to the Russian state-controlled news network RT.

RT said earlier Thursday it would join videos site Rumble, popular with US Conservatives, to follow restrictions on sales by major online platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

The EU has announced sanctions banning RT and Sputnik in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow says its actions in Ukraine are a “special operation”.

Twitch said its new rule against “harmful misinformation actors” would affect fewer than 100 channels at launch. In April, the streaming service announced that it would ban users for behavior outside of its website.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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