Published: Wed, January 13, 2021
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Activists call for YouTube to dump Trump channel

Activists call for YouTube to dump Trump channel

It was not immediately known which video triggered the suspension of his account.

YouTube, the streaming video service owned by Google, said it removed new content uploaded to the president's account for violating its policies and "in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence".

Trump's access to the social media platforms he has used as a megaphone during his presidency has been largely cut off since a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC last week. In addition to Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani rallied the crowd and also urged them to fight against the election results. It has also disabled comments on the channel indefinitely.

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

After the rioting at the Capitol, YouTube removed a Trump video that repeated his baseless allegations that the election was "stolen" from him. YouTube operates a three strikes policy. Other sites, including Reddit and Snapchat have also banned Trump.

YouTube had been the only remaining major social media platform not to have suspended Trump in some fashion.

Mr Trump had already been suspended by Facebook and Instagram following last week's rioting on Capitol Hill, until at least the transition of power to Joe Biden on 20 January.

Additionally, the platform closed the comments section on the Trump account, citing "safety concerns".

In earlier comments as he left the White House, Mr Trump labelled the push to impeach him a second time and remove him from office a "witch hunt".

While YouTube removed a video message posted by Trump last week, in which he spoke to the rioters, it stopped short of suspending his account entirely.

YouTube told Snopes the video in question had been uploaded on January 12, and had violated the company's policy on inciting violence. YouTube noted that the decision was made due to "concerns about the ongoing potential for violence".

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