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Sunday, January 24, 2021

YouTube Suspends Trump’s Channel after Violating Policies for Inciting Violence

YouTube announced that the U.S. President Donald Trump’s channel would be banned from uploading new videos or livestreams for at least a week after violating policies for inciting violence, as concerns continue to grow over “ongoing potential for violence.

YouTube announced that the U.S. President Donald Trump’s channel would be banned from uploading new videos or livestreams for at least a week after violating policies for inciting violence, as concerns continue to grow over “ongoing potential for violence.

The move is one of the biggest actions taken by a large social media platform against entities that encourage or engage in violence.

In a tweet, the Google-owned platform said that it had suspended Trump’s YouTube channel after one of its earlier content violated its policies for inciting violence.

Trump’s account would be prohibited from uploading new content for a minimum of seven days, adding that it would also indefinitely disable commenting on the channel.

“After careful review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence,” a spokesperson for YouTube said in an emailed statement.

“As a result, in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, the channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days—which may be extended.”

The decision came after a mob of Trump’s supporters violently rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, in an attempt to overturn the incumbent president’s defeat in the presidential election last year.

At least five people were killed and many others were injured in the violent attack.

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