- President Donald Trump has joined the video-streaming platform Twitch.
- Twitch is primarily used by gamers to broadcast what they’re playing to their followers.
- Twitch is owned Amazon, a company Trump has frequently attacked along with its founder, Jeff Bezos.
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US President Donald Trump has taken to a surprising new digital platform for his 2020 campaign trail: Twitch.
Twitch is a video-streaming website primarily known as a site for gamers to broadcast live footage of what they’re playing to followers. It averages more than 15 million daily visitors, helped launch the careers of a generation of professional gamers and streaming personalities like the “Fortnite” pro Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, and is owned by Amazon.
Trump’s account bears a verified tick on the site and thus far contains only video of his Minneapolis rally from Thursday night. When The Verge first reported on Trump’s Twitch debut on Thursday, his channel had just 135 followers. At time of writing, that had shot up to almost 35,700.
Amazon, which bought Twitch for $US970 million in 2014, is one of Trump’s biggest bugbears. His presence on the site, however, highlights how his personal grievances do little to stop the president and his team from taking advantage of platforms that could be advantageous to him.
Trump has attacked Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, on numerous occasions over the years:
- Trump has accused Amazon of abusing its relationship with the US Postal Service and threatened to raise the rates Amazon pays USPS to ship its goods.
- He has blasted the company on Twitter as not paying enough tax.
- Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post led Trump to dub the paper the “Amazon Washington Post.”
- When news of Bezos’ divorce broke earlier this year, Trump tweeted gleefully and nicknamed Bezos “Jeff Bozo.”
- Amazon was among the tech companies Trump last year said could be a “very antitrust situation.”
- Trump told officials to reexamine Amazon’s bid for a $US10 billion defence contract, The Post reported in August.
Trump has also previously accused Twitter of anti-conservative bias and censorship but remains prolific on the social network.
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