Donald Trump Has Been Banned From YouTube
Donald Trump is suspended from posting to YouTube indefinitely after the video platform’s parent company Google extended a ban put in place this month.
“In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J Trump channel will remain suspended,” a YouTube spokesperson said. “Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.”
YouTube had announced on 12 January, following the insurrection at the Capitol, that it would suspend Trump’s account indefinitely. After revisiting the issue it has decided to keep that suspension in place, CNet first reported.
The suspension prevents the uploading of new videos or livestreams to the channel. Comments on the channel, which has nearly 2.8 million subscribers, are also disabled indefinitely.
A spokesperson declined to comment on the potential length of the suspension.
The announcement comes almost a week after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, an event that required heightened security measures following a deadly insurrection at the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6. Law enforcement and officials around the country received credible threats of violence ahead of the inauguration.
Silicon Valley giants have sought to rein in Trump as social media platforms reckoned with their role in the Capitol riots. Twitter has permanently banned Trump, while Facebook has indefinitely blocked his account. Last week, the social network said it would leave the decision of whether to reinstate Trump to Facebook’s independent oversight board.