YouTube said Tuesday that it had removed new content from President Trump’s official channel and would prevent videos from being uploaded for at least a week.
The company, which is owned by Google, said the decision was made “After review and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence” in the wake of an uprising that supported Trump, who violated the U.S. capital on January 6.
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“Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also indefinitely disable comments on President Trump’s channel, as we have done with other channels where there are security issues in the comments section,”
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Authorities in Washington, DC, have reported “credible threats” of further violence following the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week.
YouTube’s decision follows other technology companies such as Twitter and Facebook, which have permanently or temporarily deactivated Trump’s accounts after Wednesday’s riots.
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YouTube, which did not explain the content of the infringing video, said it was the account’s first strike. ‘