The video hosting site suspended the President’s channel and deleted one of his videos for “inciting violence.” YouTube thus becomes, after Twitter and Facebook, the third web giant to gag Donald Trump.
In a statement released on Jan. 12, YouTube announced that Donald Trump’s official channel had been suspended due to unspecified “new content”. This would violate the policy of the American site by inciting violence, and the channel is now “prevented from posting new videos or live streams for at least seven days”. The ability for YouTube users to post comments on the President’s channel has also been disabled.
2 / Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel, as we’ve done to other channels where there are safety concerns found in the comments section. https://t.co/1aBENHGU5z
– YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 13, 2021
The Californian video-sharing platform – owned by Google since 2006 – was until then the only major online media to continue broadcasting Donald Trump’s messages after his expulsion from Twitter and Facebook after the intrusion of his supporters in the Capitol in Washington on January 6.