YouTube suspends President Trump’s channel over policy violation
YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s account for a minimum of seven days’ a week after the deadly US Capitol riots.
The video-sharing platform confirmed in a statement that a video uploaded to President Trump’s channel
violated the site’s policy against inciting violence and as a result, the platform suspended his ability to share
content on YouTube for at least seven days.
Comments on the president’s page have been stopped ‘indefinitely’ after he received his ‘first strike’.
It comes after Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all banned or suspended the US leader’s accounts after five
people died when a mob of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill in a bid to overturn November’s presidential
A statement from YouTube read:
‘After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence,
we removed new content uploaded to Donald 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.’ Twitter bosses said in a statement on Friday Trump’s account had been ‘permanently suspended the
account due to the risk of further incitement of violence’.
Meanwhile, a Facebook spokesperson said his page was suspended through to January 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, and possibly indefinitely.
The news comes as US Vice President Mike Pence rules out using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr Pence said the mechanism should not be used ‘as a means of
punishment or usurpation’ and reserved for cases of medical or mental incapacitation. Democrats – and many
Republicans – are calling for the Trump presidency to end early after he told supporters to ‘walk down to the
Capitol’. He said: ‘You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have
to be strong.’