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YouTube suspends Trump’s channel for seven days

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YouTube said on Tuesday that it had suspended President Trump’s channel over concern about “ongoing potential for violence,” a recent move by one of the big technology companies to restrict the president excesses online.

In a post on YouTube’s official Twitter account, the Google-owned video site said it had suspended Mr. Trump’s account after one of his recent videos violated its moderation standard for inciting violence.

The implication of the suspension is that Trump would not be able to upload new content to his channel, which had about 2.8 million subscribers, for at least seven days. YouTube also said it was disabling all comments on his channel indefinitely.

Older videos that did not violate any policies remained active on his channel.

Many tech companies have moved to curtail president Trump online since a violent mob of his supporters, instigated by the president, stormed the Capitol building last week. In the aftermath, Facebook banned the president from Instagram and its core social network through at least until the end of his term.

Twitter followed by permanently banning Mr. Trump’s account from its service, depriving him of his favorite social media platform, where he had more than 88 million followers. Other sites, such as Snapchat, Reddit and Twitch, clamped down on Mr. Trump.

Big tech companies have also withdrawn support for other sites that have hosted right-wing content. On Monday, Parler, a social networking site that had become popular among Trump supporters for its loose approach to freedom of speech, went dark after Amazon pulled its computing services.

Apple and Google earlier had removed Parler from their app stores. Parler has said it is searching for a way to get back online.


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