HONG KONG (AP) – YouTube has suspended US President Donald Trump’s channel for at least a week amid concerns about the “potential for continued violence,” making it the latest platform to limit the online activity of the President.
The Google-owned platform said it removed content uploaded Jan.12 from the Donald J. Trump channel for inciting violence, although it was not immediately clear which videos in question were in. violation.
“After careful consideration and in light of concerns about the current potential for violence, we have removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and launched a strike for violating our incitement to violence policies,” he said. a YouTube spokesperson said in an emailed statement. .
As part of the suspension, Trump’s channel is temporarily barred from uploading new videos or live streams for at least seven days, although the channel remains live, YouTube said.
Comments would be turned off indefinitely on the channel, YouTube said. Under YouTube’s rules, a second warning would result in a two-week suspension, while a third would warn the permanently banned account.
Trump’s move to cut back on social media activity comes after a crowd of his supporters, driven by his rhetoric, stormed the Capitol last week to try to block Congress from certifying the victory of the President-elect Joe Biden.
Tech companies have moved to suspend Trump’s online posts, Facebook and Instagram suspending Trump at least until the end of his term and Twitter permanently banning his account. Other sites, including Reddit and Snapchat, have banned Trump as well. The online shopping platform Shopify has removed Trump stores from its platform.
Companies like Apple and Google have also decided to ban Speak, a social networking site popular among Trump supporters, from their app stores. Parler’s site was also taken offline this week after Amazon stopped providing hosting services to the company.
“A minimum of seven days is an important and necessary first step for YouTube, and we hope they will make it permanent,” said Jim Styer, CEO of media rating firm Common Sense Media.
“While it’s disappointing that it took a Trump-instigated attack on our Capitol to get here, it looks like all major platforms are finally starting to rally and take this important issue seriously and policymakers politicians and the public are determined to retain them. responsible, ”he says.
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