YouTube suspends Trump's channel

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 13, 2021

The suspension was the latest in a litany of actions taken by major online platforms and social networks, beginning on the day of the Capitol riots on January 6, when Twitter locked Trump's account for 12 hours and warned he would be banned for good if he continued to violate the platform's policies.

In a series of tweets, YouTube said, "It now has its first strike and is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a minimum of seven days".

Shortly after President Donald Trump on Tuesday characteristically refused to accept any responsibility for inciting the mob of his supporters that attacked the U.S. Capitol last week, new polling showed that almost two-thirds of likely U.S. voters believe the lame-duck incumbent is directly to blame for the deadly violence. In addition to Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani rallied the crowd and also urged them to fight against the election results.

See YouTube's statements below. Under YouTube's policies, a second strike will result in a two-week suspension, while a third strike bans the account permanently.

Justifying its actions, Twitter said it was concerned about "the risk of further incitement of violence".

It's unclear what the videos on Trump's account sparked the ban. The company said it has also disabled comments under videos on the channel indefinitely.

Until now, YouTube had been the only major social media platform to not have suspended Trump's account in some way for making inflammatory statements.

Many other apps and platforms including Snapchat, Discord, and Reddit have all either prevented Mr Trump from posting directly or cracked down on communities that support him.

President Trump will not be able to upload any new content in the one week which the suspension will last.

"Trump's term ended at 7:49 pm on January 11, 2021", Joe Biden reads a biography of the outgoing president, nine days before he took office after defeating Trump in the November presidential election.

The social media platform is the latest to take action against Trump following a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week organized by the president's supporters. Twitter placed a permanent ban on Trump's account last Friday on the grounds of potential to incite violence.

On Tuesday, Trump's YouTube channel posted eight new videos, including one in which Trump told reporters "I think Big Tech has made a awful mistake" by blocking him. A recent video on the channel, which has now been removed, had content that incited violence.

YouTube is unique from other social networks because videos can be shared on other platforms, giving it a wide-ranging reach.

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