After Twitter and Facebook put Donald Trump’s accounts on hold, YouTube has now followed suit. The US President’s account is blocked for a week.
Google’s video platform pulls a good week after Trump supporters: inside violently entered the Capitol in Washington, DC, and blocks the account of the (still) incumbent US president. Initially, Donald Trump’s YouTube channel was frozen for a week. The video website gave opposite CNN indicated that newer clips of the head of state have been removed from his channel. These would have against the Guidelines for dealing with violence and disinformation violated, so YouTube. The platform also deactivated the comment function. However, users can still access old videos. However, Google’s subsidiary platform did not want to share further information with the publisher. It is therefore not yet known how long the channel will be blocked.
#BanTrumpSaveDemocracy: Why is YouTube taking action against Trump so late?
While Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Co. blocked Donald Trump’s accounts just a few hours after the acts of violence in Washington, DC, the US President’s YouTube channel remained active. The video platform only decided to delete a clip in which Trump addresses his followers. On Twitter, many users – including celebrities such as British actor and comedian Sasha Baron Cohen – vented their anger under the hashtag #BanTrumpSaveDemocracy.
Virtually every social media company has removed Trump…EXCEPT YouTube.
Trump’s YouTube channel is STILL showing videos of his election lies to MILLIONS of people!
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) January 11, 2021
In addition, civil rights organizations had threatened YouTube with a nationwide boycott if the platform did not freeze the account with 2.77 million followers. The newspaper reported USA Today. YouTube states that a permanent block according to the guidelines is only an issue after the third violation, which was committed by a YouTube channel. This would also apply to Donald Trump’s channel, according to the video platform.
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