YouTube disables Trump’s channel for seven days removing fresh content
YouTube has halted U.S. President Trump’s access to his account for seven days in violation of company policy. He recently posted a video that did not adhere to the policies of YouTube ‘in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence.’ The video was removed and fresh content uploads have been stopped from Trump’s channel.
This move has made been as the results of violent protest at Capitol Hill which led to the death of five people, including a Capitol Hill police officer. Allegedly, Trump’s supporters were ignited by his rant on social media accusing the government of voter fraud and conspiring against him. They stormed the Congress’ meeting to declare Joe Biden as president, disturbing the constitution process of counting and certification of the Electoral College votes of the presidential election held in November.
In various tweets, YouTube said, “It now has its first strike and is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a minimum of seven days.”
Along with this, YouTube has disabled comments on Trump’s channel indefinitely. It continued to say, “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.”
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
Trump’s YouTube channel holds 2.77 million subscribers. This action is in trend with other social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter banning President Trump in violation of company policies.
After the violence and chaos at the U.S. Capitol on 6th January 2021, YouTube removed most of Trump’s videos from the rally he addressed earlier, on the same day.