Trump’s channel homepage featured a month-old video of Trump casting doubt on the voting process.
Google-owned YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s channel and removed a video for violating its policy against incitement to violence – the social media giant’s latest sanction against the US president.
Online platforms and social media companies are distancing themselves and taking action against those who encouraged or engaged in last week’s deadly violence on the US Capitol by the president’s supporters.
“In light of concerns about the continued potential for violence, we have removed new content uploaded to Donald J Trump’s channel for violating our policies,” YouTube said in a statement.
The channel is now “temporarily blocked from uploading new content for at least 7 days”, he said.
The video-sharing platform also said it would “disable commenting” on Trump’s channel indefinitely due to security concerns.
The Trump Channel’s homepage featured a month-old video of Trump questioning the electoral voting process that garnered some 5.8 million views. The free channel itself has 2.77 million subscribers.
Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, trying to block Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump, who disputed the validity of Biden’s victory without producing evidence, first praised his supporters but later condemned the violence.
Politicians were forced to flee as the building was overrun by protesters who overwhelmed security forces. Five people died in the violence, including a Capitol police officer.
After the incident, Twitter and Facebook deleted Trump’s accounts and removed content supporting the assault, while Amazon.com suspended Talk – a social media platform favored by many Trump supporters. – of its web hosting service.
‘Stop the flight’
Facebook said Monday it was taking similar precautions ahead of Biden’s inauguration as president on Jan. 20. Announcing the suspension last week, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Trump was using the platform to incite violence and feared he would continue to do so. .
Content containing the phrase “stop theft” will be removed from Facebook and Instagram, according to executives Monika Bickert and Guy Rosen.
Facebook is also maintaining a pause on all ads in the United States about politics or elections, which means no ads from politicians, including Trump.
Twitter went further by deleting Trump’s account, depriving him of his favorite platform. He was already marking his tweets challenging the election result with warnings.
The company has also removed more than 70,000 accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims, without any evidence, that Trump is waging a covert war against a global cabal of liberal Satanists.
Trump has also been hit with suspensions from services like Snapchat and Twitch.
A #StopHateForProfit campaign on Tuesday demanded that YouTube remove Trump’s verified channel because it gives the president the ability to “continue to spread false information” about the validity of the election.
“If YouTube disagrees with us and joins the other platforms in banning Trump, then we will go to advertisers,” said Common Sense Media chief executive Jim Steyer, campaign organizer.