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  • Updated: January 13, 2021

YouTube Suspends Trump Channel, Removes Videos

YouTube Suspends Trump Channel, Removes Videos

Youtube had joined a host of other social media platforms to suspend President Donald Trump's account for policy violation and inciting violence, following the Capitol Hill riot last week.

The social media platform on Tuesday announced it has suspended Trump's channel for at least one week, and potentially longer. It stated also that it deleted a video posted by the president that negates the policy of the organization. 

The YouTube operators say the embittered leader could use his accounts to foment more unrest in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

YouTube said in a statement, “In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies.” 

Its added, "the channel is now “temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a ‘minimum’ of 7 days”

The video-sharing platform also said it will be “indefinitely disabling comments” on Trump’s channel because of safety concerns.

It could be recalled that Twitter and Facebook last week suspended Trump’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account following the violent invasion of the US Capitol, which temporarily disrupted the certification of Biden’s election victory.

READ ALSO: Trump Breaks Silence On Capitol Violence

In announcing the suspension last week, Facebook chief, Mark Zuckerberg said Trump used the platform to incite violence and was concerned he would continue to do so.

Twitter went a step further by deleting Trump’s account, depriving him of his favourite platform. It was already marking his tweets disputing the election outcome with warnings.

The company also deleted more than 70,000 accounts linked to the bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims, without any evidence, that Trump is waging a secret war against a global cabal of satanist liberals.

Trump also was hit with suspensions by services like Snapchat and Twitch.

The president’s YouTube account has amassed 2.77 million subscribers.

The home page of the Trump channel featured a month-old video of Trump casting doubt on the voting process in November’s presidential election and had logged some 5.8 million views.

On Tuesday, an activist group called on YouTube to join other platforms in dumping Trump’s accounts, threatening an advertising boycott campaign.

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