OAKLAND, Calif. – YouTube announced Tuesday that President Trump’s channel had been banned because of concerns about the “ongoing potential for violence.” This was the latest move by one of the major tech companies to restrict the president online.
In a tweet on YouTube’s official account, Google’s own video site announced that Mr Trump’s account was banned after one of his recent videos violated guidelines on banning content that spreads misinformation pointing to widespread election fraud Clues. YouTube said it couldn’t upload any new content for at least seven days on its channel, which had around 2.8 million subscribers. YouTube also said it has indefinitely disabled comments on its video.
It wasn’t immediately which video triggered his account being suspended.
Many tech companies have moved to curb Mr. Trump online since a violent presidential-instigated crowd of his supporters stormed the Capitol last week. Subsequently, Facebook suspended the president from his core social network and Instagram, at least until the end of his term in office. Twitter followed by the permanent suspension of Mr. Trump’s account from his service, thereby depriving him of his favorite social media platform, on which he had 88 million followers. Other sites like Snapchat, Reddit, and Twitch have also restricted Mr. Trump.
The moves were praised by Liberals and others, who said the actions were long overdue because Mr Trump used social media to spread falsehoods and incite violence. However, critics said the wholesaling practice raises questions about how much power tech companies have over online discourse.
The big tech companies have also had support from other websites that have hosted right-wing content. On Monday, Parler, a social networking site that had become popular with Trump supporters for its casual approach to freedom of expression, went dark after Amazon shut down computer services. Apple and Google had previously removed Parler from their app stores. Parler said they were looking for a way to get back online.
This is a developing story and will be updated.