Considering that there are risks of violence because of a new video that Donald Trump wanted to publish on YouTube, Google has decided to delete it. The company also took retaliatory action against the President’s personal channel.
New digital disappointment for Donald Trump. The President of the United States had already received on January 6 a first sanction from YouTube with the withdrawal of a video, on the grounds that it violated its rules on content which wrongly alleges that there were electoral fraud or errors during the 2020 election. It has just been subject to new restrictions.
YouTube restricts Donald Trump’s channel
Actions taken by YouTube were announced on January 13 and are three in number: the first is the removal of a new video posted on Donald Trump’s channel. It is accompanied by a suspension of any new uploading for at least seven days (that is to say until January 20, date of the handover to Joe Biden) and the deactivation of comments. .
The deactivation of comments is global: it concerns all channels uploaded to the outgoing president’s account. Concretely, it is no longer possible to consult them or to put them on. In addition, YouTube specifies that this is an indefinite suspension. It should therefore last well beyond January 20, while uploads could return after that date.
YouTube explains that its turn of the screw is justified ” given concerns about the risk of violence “. The largest online video hosts did not specify either precisely what the risks of violence in question were or the nature of the video that required its removal. It appears, by comparing with its Odyssee channel, that the video in question revisited the events of January 6.
Titled ” President Trump addresses the events of last week The video, which is just under two minutes long, has fewer than 300 views per hour at the time of this article’s publication on January 13. This is also the lot of many videos of Donald Trump on Odyssey. Views are at very low thresholds – her count is recent nonetheless. Despite everything, we are very far from the visibility he has on YouTube.
It should be noted that YouTube also issued a first warning (“strike”, in the jargon). After three reports, the channel is permanently suspended. This sentence does not target only the incumbent American president. Since January 7, YouTube let know that any channel questioning the results of the election will also receive a warning, with a suspension for one week.
Google, which owns YouTube, had already intervened following the insurrectionary scenes in Washington, on January 6, by removing the social network Parler from its application store, on which many pro-Trump internet users seemed to take refuge, tired of the stricter moderation on classic community sites. However, it is precisely because Parler had no moderation plan that Google acted.
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