YouTube has temporarily blocked Donald Trump from uploading or sharing content after he breached their policies. The platform announced the news on Tuesday night (Jan. 12), citing an “ongoing potential for violence.”
“After review and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies,” said a YouTube representative. “It now has its first strike and is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of seven days. Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel as we’ve done to other channels where there are safety concerns found in the comments section.”
Trump urged his supporters to attend a protest that eventually made its way to Capitol Hill, where the deadly riots unfolded. His instigation of the violence led multiple social media platforms to ban his accounts either temporarily or permanently.
Twitter, for example, locked POTUS’ account for 12 hours, preventing followers from interacting with his tweets “due to a risk of violence.” His account was later permanently banned from the site.
“After close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said.
The statement continued, “Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”
Twitch, Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat are a few of the other social media platforms that placed restrictions on the President Trump’s account following the Capitol Hill attack.