Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY
Published 10:45 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2021
President Trump’s remaining Tweet learn, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Civil rights teams are threatening Google’s YouTube with a nationwide boycott if it doesn’t take away President Donald Trump’s official channel.
“The #StopHateforProfit campaign is demanding YouTube take down Trump’s verified YouTube channel, which is giving Trump the opportunity to continue spreading false information that the U.S. election was stolen,” Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media and one of the organizers of the civil rights campaign, said in a statement to USA TODAY. “If YouTube does not agree with us and join the other platforms in banning Trump, we’re going to go to the advertisers next.”
The Stop Hate for Profit campaign aims to rid social media platforms of hate speech, white supremacy, misinformation and disinformation. It led a boycott of Facebook over the summer time following the demise of George Floyd beneath the knee of a white police officer.
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Some 1,100 advertisers stopped buying ads on Facebook and Instagram during the month of July, with a few advertisers pulling their spending through the end of the year.
YouTube is the lone holdout among the nation’s leading social media companies. Facebook and its app Instagram, Twitter and Snap blocked Trump after he incited supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol final week.
Trump’s verified YouTube channel has 2.76 million subscribers.