YouTube is the newest tech firm to bar the president from posting on-line, following Twitter, Facebook and others.
YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times
- Published Jan. 12, 2021Updated Jan. 13, 2021, 1:26 a.m. ET
OAKLAND, Calif. — YouTube stated on Tuesday that it had suspended President Trump’s channel over concern about “ongoing potential for violence,” the newest transfer by one of many massive expertise corporations to restrict the president on-line.
In a post on YouTube’s official Twitter account, the Google-owned video web site stated it had suspended Mr. Trump’s account after considered one of his latest movies violated its coverage for inciting violence.
That meant Mr. Trump wouldn’t be capable to add new content material to his channel, which had about 2.8 million subscribers, for at the least seven days. YouTube additionally stated it was disabling all feedback on his channel indefinitely.
Older movies that didn’t violate any insurance policies remained lively on his channel.
Many tech corporations have moved to curtail Mr. Trump on-line since a violent mob of his supporters, urged on by the president, stormed the Capitol final week. In the aftermath, Facebook suspended the president from Instagram and its core social community by at the least till the tip of his time period. Twitter followed by completely banning Mr. Trump’s account from its service, depriving him of his favourite social media platform, the place he had greater than 88 million followers. Other websites, corresponding to Snapchat, Reddit and Twitch, clamped down on Mr. Trump.
Big tech corporations have additionally withdrawn assist for different websites which have hosted right-wing content material. On Monday, Parler, a social networking web site that had change into standard amongst Trump supporters for its unfastened strategy to freedom of speech, went dark after Amazon pulled its computing providers.