YouTube suspends Trump for at least a week

Andrew Cummings
January 13, 2021

The suspension of Trump's channel came after comments the president made at a news conference on Tuesday that streamed on the platform.

"As a result, in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, the channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days-which may be extended".

Five people died when Trump encouraged his supporters to storm the US Capitol building on Wednesday 6 January, where senators had gathered to ratify the election of Joe Biden.

See YouTube's statements below.

Twitch has similarly cited the risk of further violence as a reason for suspending Trump's account on Twitch.

But since when has President Donald Trump been concerned about etiquette, especially when it applies to people along the U.S. -Mexico border?

YouTube said that the channel had incurred its "1st strike" and that comments would be indefinitely disabled on the channel.

Not all of the bans - such as YouTube's - are permanent, but they are expected to last until Mr Trump's presidency ends next week.

Google said that Mr Trump could still face his page being closed if he falls foul of its three-strikes policy. But it's disappointing that it took a literal armed insurrection for these tech giants to finally take action against Trump's inciting rhetoric. Trump was also deprived of the opportunity to write on Facebook and Instagram until the expiration of his powers.

US President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room at the White House on 5 November 2020 in Washington, DC.

"President Trump is also asking that Big Tech companies join with him in this effort".

In a tweet on YouTube's official account, the Google-owned video site said it had suspended Trump's account after one of his recent videos violated its policy banning content that spreads misinformation about widespread election fraud. Facebook suspended Trump's account for at least two weeks, while Twitter banned him indefinitely. The video-sharing app has said the content has been removed "in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence".

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