YouTube announced Tuesday night that it has permanently/temporarily/TK prohibited President Donald Trump. The Google-owned site stated it had prohibited the president for at least 7 days “due to issues about the continuous potential for violence.”

A two-tweet thread on the main YouTubeInsider Twitter account revealed the ban at 11: 04 p.m. on Tuesday.

” After evaluation, and in light of concerns about the continuous capacity for violence, we eliminated new content submitted to Donald J. Trump’s channel for breaching our policies. It now has its first strike & is briefly avoided from submitting brand-new material for a minimum of 7 days,” YouTube stated. “Given the ongoing issues about violence, we will also be forever disabling comments on President Trump’s channel, as we’ve done to other channels where there are security concerns discovered in the remarks section.”

Pressure to prohibit the president had been developing on YouTube after Facebook and Twitter did the same following last week’s violent riots in the nation’s capital. Not only were social media users requiring the move, but Google’s own employees’ union– Alphabet Workers Union– sent out an open letter to YouTube executives last Thursday that condemned them for what it described a “uninspired” action in censoring the president’s deceptive election claims and rhetoric, which they stated provoked the U.S. Capitol riots.

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YouTube’s headquarters in London after closing its doors following COVID lockdown restrictions that went into place on December 20, 2020.
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” YouTube will continue to function as a vector for the growth of fascist movements if it continues focusing on marketers while exposing the public,” one especially important passage read.

The union posted the letter on Twitter last Thursday evening.

Our statement on the other day’s coup attempt at the Capitol.

Social network companies, including YouTube, an Alphabet item, bear incredible duty for the growing fascist motion in the United States.

We have actually organized versus this before & we stand all set to do so again– as a union. pic.twitter.com/NbhkorPmaL

— Alphabet Workers Union (@AlphabetWorkers) January 7, 2021

On Monday early morning, the actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen likewise called for YouTube to get rid of the president.

Baron Cohen tagged YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in his message.

Trump’s YouTube channel has 2.73 million subscribers, and a lot of the videos published there have actually been viewed millions of times.

In addition to Facebook and Twitter, Reddit prohibited the subreddit group “r/DonaldTrump” last week, and Jerk handicapped Trump’s channel, specifying the action was done to “avoid Twitch from being used to incite further violence.” In other places, Instagram complies with the very same policy as its moms and dad business Facebook; Snapchat handicapped Trump’s account; TikTok is redirecting hashtags like #stormthecapitol and #stopthesteal to its neighborhood guidelines; and Pinterest was already restricting hashtags associated with controversial topics such as #stopthesteal since around the November election.

Prior to YouTube’s statement Tuesday, the platform had actually started more enforcement regarding videos submitted of Trump and members of his administration. YouTube rapidly got rid of the video Trump posted last Wednesday that dealt with the violence at the Capitol however did not condemn it. Even then, the factor behind the elimination was that Trump made fraudulent claims about the election.

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