YouTube has taken down a new video posted by Donald Trump, the outgoing President of the United States, and has also banned him from posting any more content for seven days. The announcement comes in the wake of Trump supporters storming the US Capitol on January 6.
Several social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, have already restricted Trump’s online presence.
While YouTube would not identify the content of offending video, Axios reported that videos uploaded to Trump’s account were from his visit to Texas, where he talked about events from the previous week.
“After careful review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence,” YouTube said in a statement to Axios. Further, “As a result, in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, the channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days—which may be extended.”
After a riot broke out in the US Capitol on the day when the US Congress was supposed to confirm the electoral victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, social media services Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook suspended Trump’s account for 24 hours, while Twitter suspended him 12 hours.
On January 8, Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account. Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement in which he said that the “shocking events of the last 24 hours” showed that in Trump’s intentions in his remaining time in office were only to “undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power” to the upcoming President Joe Biden. Zuckerberg said it was a risk “too great” to allow Trump to continue to use those platforms.
Trump’s official handle, Team Trump, has also been suspended.
Google has also suspended Parler, an American microblogging and social networking service that was predominantly used by Trump supporters.