Tuesday night, Google's YouTube, the largest video sharing platform in the world, suspended President Donald Trump from uploading videos for one week and indefinitely disabled comments on the President's channel.
The President's YouTube account had 2.77 million subscribers before the suspension.
According to YouTube, Trump uploaded content that violated its policies, giving the account an automatic one-strike, which comes with a minimum seven-day suspension from uploading new content. The company has a three-strike rule before an account becomes permanently banned.
"Channels that receive a strike are temporarily suspended from posting or live streaming. Channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube. We apply our policies and penalties consistently, regardless of who uploads it."
The company made the announcement of the suspension via Twitter.
"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."
"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."
The company had previously posted notices cautioning against posting videos alleging voter fraud and validating the election of Joe Biden.
Last Thursday, YouTube announced that it would suspend any channels posting new videos alleging widespread voter fraud claims, rather than giving them a warning.
The latest ban comes after the riot last Wednesday at the US Capitol by far right extremists and Trump supporters, which left five dead.
According to YouTube, "Due to the disturbing events that transpired yesterday, and given that the election results have now been certified, starting today *any* channels posting new videos with false claims in violation of our policies will now receive a strike."
Over the weekend, Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump’s account on their platforms. Twitter permanently banned the President.
However, Trump found a workaround and began tweeting from the government-owned @POTUS account before it was eventually removed as well. Trump then created an account on Parler, a social media app popular with conservatives.
Google also removed Parler from the Google Play Store on Friday, making it harder for Android users to download and access the app. Apple followed suit.
Amazon then dumped Parler from its hosting servers. Parler was unable to find a new hosting service and the platform remains shut down. Parler is now suing Amazon for anti trust violations.
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