Trump’s channel homepage featured a month-long video of Trump questioning 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 stepping back and taking action against those who encouraged or engaged in last week’s deadly violence on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the president.
“In light of concerns about the current 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 “turn off comments indefinitely” on Trump’s channel due to security concerns.
The Trump Channel homepage featured a month-long video of Trump casting doubt on the electoral process that drew some 5.8 million views. The free channel itself has 2.77 million subscribers.
Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6, trying to end Congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump, who disputed the validity of Biden’s victory without producing any evidence, first praised his supporters but then condemned the violence.
Politicians were forced to flee as the building was beset by protesters who overwhelmed security forces. Five people died in the violence, including a police officer from the Capitol.
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 – its web hosting service.
‘Stop the flight’
Facebook said on Monday it was taking similar precautions ahead of Biden’s inauguration as president on January 20. Announcing the suspension last week, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Trump had used the platform to incite violence and feared he would continue to do so. .
Content containing the phrase “stop the steal” will be removed from Facebook and Instagram, according to executives Monika Bickert and Guy Rosen.
Facebook also maintains a pause on all ads in the United States on 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 also deleted more than 70,000 accounts linked to QAnon’s conspiracy theory, which claims, without any evidence, that Trump is waging a secret war against a global cabal of satanist liberals.
Trump has also been hit with suspensions by services like Snapchat and Twitch.
A #StopHateForProfit campaign demanded on Tuesday that YouTube disassembles Trump’s channel verified because it gives the president the ability to “continue to broadcast false information” about the validity of the election.
“If YouTube doesn’t agree with us and joins other platforms in banning Trump, then we’ll go to the advertisers,” said Jim Steyer, managing director of Common Sense Media, a campaign organizer.