Donald Trump: YouTube temporarily suspends Trump Channel over “Potential For Violence”. On Tuesday, Google-owned YouTube suspended the channel of President Donald Trump briefly. Also deleted a video for breaching its policy against encouraging crime. Joining other social media sites in blocking his accounts after the Capitol riot last week.
Trump’s access to the social media outlets as a megaphone during his campaign has been effectively cut off. It was after the Capitol in Washington DC’s invasion in last week by a militant group of his supporters. Operators claim that in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the embittered leader could use his accounts to foment further trouble.
“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.
After the violent invasion of the US Capitol, which briefly interrupted certification of Biden’s election win, Facebook removed Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts last week.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the suspension last week. He said that encouraging violence was Trump’s motive. He was sure that he would continue to do so.
By deleting Trump’s handle, Twitter went a step further, depriving him of his favourite forum. His tweets disputing the election result with alerts were already labelled.
More than 70,000 accounts linked to the bizarre conspiracy theory of QAnon. It argues, without any proof, that Trump is fighting a covert war against a global cartel of Satanist leftists, were also deleted by the company.
Apps like Snapchat and Twitch have also targeted Trump with suspensions.
The YouTube account of the President has accrued 2.77 million subscribers.
In November’s presidential election, the Trump channel’s home page featured a month-old video of Trump casting doubt on the voting process, and registered some 5.8 million views.
On Tuesday, an advocacy group called on YouTube to join other outlets in dumping Trump’s accounts, threatening an advertisement boycott movement.