YouTube suspends Trump’s channel for at least a week

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YouTube removes content from Donald Trump's channel, blocks new uploads

Other social media platforms, including Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc., have already taken steps to suspend the departing president, permanently in the case of Twitter and until the inauguration of Joe Biden for Facebook and Instagram.

YouTube has temporarily suspended outgoing President Donald Trump's official channel for violating the platform's policies and pulled down a video following the riots that took place in Washington, D.C., on January 6.

YouTube said in a tweet that it suspended Trump's channel after new content was uploaded that violated its policies. In addition to Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani rallied the crowd and also urged them to fight against the election results. Second and third strikes within those three months will result in permanent removal from the site.

But by Friday as the seriousness of Trump's action began to be considered, with politicians on both sides calling for his impeachment and immediate removal from office, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg chose to go one stage further and banned Donald Trump "indefinitely" from its platforms.

The account, which boasts 2.78 million subscribers and more than 825 million views since March 2015, still features uploads made as recently as January 12-ahead of YouTube's brief embargo.

YouTube said that the channel had its "1st strike" and comments would be indefinitely disabled on the channel. Instead, the Google-owned service introduced a new strike policy.

The House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, along with Mike Pence, will take the presidency on the issue, voicing support for the use of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution to remove Donald Trump from the White House.

Trump accused the company of conspiring with the "Radical Left", while some global leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called the ban "problematic".

"If YouTube does not agree with us and join the other platforms in banning Trump, we're going to go to the advertisers next", said Common Sense Media chief executive Jim Steyer, an organizer of the campaign. A recent video on the channel, which has now been removed, had content that incited violence.

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