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YouTube Joins Twitter, Facebook In Taking Down Trump's Account After Capitol Siege

Jan 13, 2021
Originally published on January 13, 2021 11:06 am

YouTube, citing "the ongoing potential for violence," has suspended President Trump's account for at least a week.

The social media platform is the latest to take action against Trump following a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week organized by the president's supporters. The attack forced lawmakers into hiding and resulted in the deaths of five people, including an officer of the Capitol Police.

As the nation prepares for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week, law enforcement officials have said there are credible threats of more acts of violence from supporters of Trump.

The suspension of Trump's channel came after comments the president made at a news conference on Tuesday that streamed on the platform.

"People thought that what I said was totally appropriate," Trump said Tuesday. He took no responsibility for inciting the unrest.

In accordance with the site's "strike system," Trump's channel is prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days, which could be extended.

A first strike for a YouTube account leads to a one-week suspension, a second strike results in a two-week suspension, and a third strike will result in channel termination.

"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," a YouTube spokesperson told NPR.

"We are also indefinitely disabling comments under videos on the channel, we've taken similar actions in the past for other cases involving safety concerns," the spokesperson added.

Twitter and Facebook removed Trump's accounts following the clash at the U.S. Capitol and have taken down content supporting last week's siege. Amazon, Google and Apple have also removed the Parler app, which is reportedly used by many of Trump's supporters.

The site also removed other content uploaded Tuesday.

Editor's note: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are among NPR's recent financial supporters.

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