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Donald Trump has been suspended from livestreaming platform Twitch for "hateful conduct" and Reddit has shut down a forum for the president’s supporters.

Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, said it had temporarily banned the president’s channel because it violated its hateful conduct policy.

"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch," a spokeswoman said.

"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."

She said one of the streams was a rebroadcast of a 2016 Trump rally in which the president said Mexico was sending rapists to the United States.

Discussion website Reddit said it had shut down r/The_Donald, a forum for the president’s supporters, as it announced an overhaul of its content policies.

Its new content policy said communities and users that promoted hate based on identity or vulnerability would be banned.

Reddit said it was also banning about 2,000 subreddits – discussions dedicated to specific topics – most of which are inactive.

"All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith," chief executive Steve Huffman said in a post on the site on Monday.

"We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity.

"Ultimately, it’s our responsibility to support our communities by taking stronger action against those who try to weaponise parts of Reddit against other people."

Reddit had previously placed r/The_Donald behind an extra page that required users to click through – a restriction it called a "quarantine".

But, the company said the subreddit moderators still "have refused to meet our most basic expectations".

The Trump campaign embraced Reddit avidly ahead of the 2016 election when it became a hub for conspiracy theories.

Mr Trump conducted an "Ask Me Anything" session on the subreddit in the run up to the election.

The bans by the two social media companies follows Twitter placing fact-check notices on the president’s tweets last month, leading to the president issuing an executive order asking federal regulators to revisit the 1996 law that protects websites from liability for what their users post.

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