by Thomas Catenacci
YouTube became the latest social media platform to ban President Donald Trump, announcing late Tuesday that he wouldn’t be able to post new content for seven days.
YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, said it took the action against Trump because of the potential for violence to be sparked from his content. The massive video-sharing platform joined Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Reddit and many others in suspending or banning the president, Axios reported.
“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,” YouTube said in a statement.
The company added that Trump’s channel was given it’s first “strike” and wouldn’t be allowed to upload any videos for at least seven days. In addition, all comments on Trump’s channel would be disabled due to “safety concerns.”
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
On Friday, Twitter became the first to permanently suspend Trump from using his account, citing potential “incitement of violence.” Twitter’s ban, as well as the other bans and suspensions, came after the Jan. 6 “Save America” rally where Trump spoke before rally attendees stormed the Capitol building.
Five people, including a police officer bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher and a woman shot in the neck by security, died during the course of the riot, Washington D.C. police said. Police added that they arrested dozens of people and several others were injured.
The crowd of Trump supporters breached the Capitol after Trump’s speech in which he claimed the November election was rigged and stolen.
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Thomas Catenacci is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0. Background Photo “Donald Trump YouTube Channel” by YouTube.