YouTube announced that Donald Trump’s page has been suspended for a week due to “concerns about the ongoing potential for violence” over a video uploaded on Tuesday (January 12). The video was promptly removed from the channel, and according to CNN, YouTube has declined to give details about the video that was taken down. YouTube’s police states that a channel earning a second strike will result in a two-week suspension and three strikes will result in a permanent ban.
An official statement from a YouTube spokesperson reads, “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. 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.”
This comes after Trump was permanently banned from Twitter citing “the risk of further incitement of violence,” after he was accused of inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. Facebook also announced that Trump would be banned from its social media sites, including Instagram, until the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden is complete. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated, “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”