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YouTube Suspends President Trump=92s Account
President Trump at the White House on Jan. 12.
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YouTube suspended President Trump=92s channel on Tuesday night, joining a
growing list of tech companies that are ejecting him from their platforms.
The Alphabet Inc. GOOG -1.14% video-sharing service said it was locking
Mr. Trump=92s channel for at least seven days after the company removed
videos that it said violated its policies against content it believes
could incite violence.
YouTube=92s move follows similar decisions from Facebook Inc. FB -2.24%
and Twitter Inc. TWTR -2.37% On Thursday, Facebook suspended Mr. Trump=92s
account indefinitely and on Friday, Twitter locked Mr. Trump=92s personal
While the companies took action based on different pieces of content,
the posts and videos appeared to reiterate unsubstantiated claims that
the election was stolen and expressed support for the pro-Trump mob that
attacked the U.S. Capitol last week.
Some users have praised the companies=92 decisions as necessary to stop
future violence. Others characterized the actions as infringing on free
speech. Either way, the moderation decisions demonstrate the power a few
Silicon Valley tech companies wield over online discourse.
=93A minimum of seven days is an important and necessary first step by
YouTube and we hope they will make it permanent,=94 Jim Steyer, CEO of
Common Sense Media said in a statement. Common Sense Media is a
nonprofit that gives parents advice for navigating the digital world.
YouTube said Mr. Trump=92s account will remain locked from uploading new
videos or posting live streams for a minimum of seven days, in
accordance with its =93three-strikes=94 policy. YouTube suspends channels
that it gives one strike for about a week; channels that YouTube assigns
two strikes within 90 days are suspended for about two weeks; YouTube
terminates channels that it assigns three strikes within 90 days.
YouTube said it was indefinitely disabling comments on the videos in Mr.
Trump=92s channel. It also said it had previously removed videos from Mr.
Trump=92s channel for violating its policies.
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