YouTube suspends US President Trump channel

US: American online video-sharing platform Google-owned YouTube suspended Donald Trump’s channel and removed a video for breaking its policy against inciting violence.

This is the latest sanction by the social media giant against the US president.

Earlier, various social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have suspended Trump’s account as they found violations of their policies. 

Many online platforms and social media firms are taking strict actions against those who encouraged or engaged in last week’s bloody violence on the Capitol by the president’s supporters. 

In the official statement, YouTube said that, 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.

Besides statement said, “temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a minimum of 7 days.”

YouTube also announced that it would be “indefinitely disabling comments” on Trump’s channel because of security concerns.

The Trump channel’s homepage highlighted a month-old video of Trump casting doubt on the voting election method that logged some 5.8 million views. The free channel itself has 2.77 million subscribers.

Followers of Trump attacked the US Capitol on January 6, trying to stop the certification by Congress of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win.

Trump, who has questioned the validity of Biden’s victory without producing evidence, initially praised his supporters but later condemned the violence.

Politicians were forced to escape as the building was mobbed by protesters who overwhelmed security forces. Five people died in the violence, including 1 Capitol Police officer.

After the incident, Twitter and Facebook removed Trump’s accounts and eliminated the content supporting the assault, while suspended Parler – a social media platform favored by many supporters of Trump – from its web-hosting service.

Facebook said on Monday it is taking similar precautions leading up to the inauguration of Biden as president on January 20. In announcing the suspension last week, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg told Trump to use the platform to incite violence and was worried he would continue to do so.

Almost all top world leaders have been condemned to the Capitol incidents. 

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