YouTube Bans President Trump for Seven Days
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YouTube is the latest to join the list of social media platforms that have suspended President Trump.
In a video uploaded by the president, which has been removed, YouTube claimed the president violated its policies of encouraging or inciting violence. In addition, YouTube is preventing the president from uploading new videos for seven days, in accordance with their strike system.
“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. It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days,” YouTube tweeted.
In addition to suspending President Trump, YouTube is also preventing its users from commenting on any of his videos.
“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,” YouTube said.
This marks yet another social media suspension that the president has received recently.
YouTube’s claim that the president violated their terms by inciting violence are practically the same claims that Twitter and Facebook, who were the first platforms to suspend the president’s account, made when explaining their decision to ban Trump’s account.
Twitter cited their Glorification of Violence policy in permanently banning the president’s account.
In a blog post, Twitter said, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely,” and “…The current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
President Trump told reporters he thinks that “Big Tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country, and I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them.”
“They’re dividing and divisive and they’re showing something that I’ve been predicting for a long time,” he said.
The president has had an adversarial relationship with big tech companies, claiming they actively participated in voter suppression by spreading misinformation during the 2020 election to discourage pro-Trump supporters from voting.
The social media bans come after the riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. over outrage among Trump’s supporters due to claims of massive voter fraud, which didn’t hold up in multiple U.S. courts.
Though YouTube has not identified the video which has been taken down and subsequently caused the account strike, the social media platforms that have banned Trump say that Trump’s claims of voter fraud fueled the riot and continue to pose a risk for further violence.
What the Left is Saying:
Tulsi Gabbard said, “From the outset as we’re seeing now once again how dangerous these big tech monopolies are and how imperative it is that we break them up, that we actually bring about solutions to break up the power that they have amassed.”
What the Right is Saying
Pompeo also tweeted on Jan. 9, “Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left. They’ve worked to silence opposing voices for years.”
Donald Trump Jr. said, “Free Speech Is Under Attack! Censorship is happening like NEVER before! Don’t let them silence us.”