YouTube ban: Google blocks new uploads to Donald Trump’s channel after Capitol riots, citing potential for violence

By | January 13, 2021

Google’s YouTube has blocked President Donald Trump’s official channel from uploading new content for at least a week, citing the potential for violence following the deadly Capitol siege.

In a video of remarks made to reporters that was uploaded to Trump’s YouTube channel Tuesday, the president said that impeaching him for inciting violence at the Capitol would be “very dangerous for the USA.” YouTube removed the video.

“After review, and 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,” the company tweeted late Tuesday.

YouTube will also indefinitely disable comments on Trump’s channel “given the ongoing concerns about violence,” the company said.

The suspension is the latest by one of the nation’s leading social media platforms which have removed nearly all of the president’s online megaphones that allowed him to directly reach Americans.

The move came as civil rights groups threatened a national boycott if YouTube does not remove the channel, which has 2.77 million subscribers.

“A minimum of seven days is an important and necessary first step by YouTube, and we hope they will make it permanent,” Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, said in a statement to USA TODAY.

“While it is disappointing that it took a Trump-incited attack on our Capitol to get here, it appears that all the major platforms are finally beginning to step up and take this important issue seriously and that policymakers and the public are committed to holding them accountable, he said. “Our democratic norms and institutions, not to mention our kids’ future, depend on it.”

here, it appears that all the major platforms are finally beginning to step up and take this important issue seriously and that policymakers and the public are committed to holding them accountable, he said. “Our democratic norms and institutions, not to mention our kids’ future, depend on it.”

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