The company has also removed several videos from the White House’s official channel. These include a video in which the President spoke to reporters and one where he spoke at the border wall.
Old content is still available on the channel, but no new comments can be made on them by YouTube users nor can any new videos be uploaded to it during the suspension.-
1/ After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies. It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days.
— YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 13, 2021
YouTube stated, “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. As a result, in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, the channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or live streams for a minimum of seven days—which may be extended. 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.”
YouTube had already banned Steve Bannon who is an outspoken conservative activist and one-time political advisor of President Trump’s.
The move comes after Donald Trump was banned by Twitter and suspended by Facebook and Instagram. Lime, a provider of shared smart bikes and scooters, has removed all of the Trump Organization’s hotels and other properties from its list of approved locations.
The company attributed this action as a response to last week’s attack on the Capitol. It stated, “We are speaking out and standing up for what we believe is right because that is the right thing to do. And we are looking for ways to ensure our actions — and dollars — don’t support those who are complicit in this attack on our democracy.”