YouTube extends Donald Trump ban for another week

Last Updated: January 20, 2021

YouTube said on Tuesday it was extending a one-week ban on outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump. The ban prevents uploading videos or live-streaming to the channel for at least an additional seven days.

Alphabet Inc’s video streaming platform banned Trump on Jan. 12 for a minimum of one week for violating its policy against inciting violence after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress began to certify Biden’s victory on Jan. 6.

On Tuesday, YouTube said it was extending the suspension “in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence.”

Trump is scheduled to vacate the White House on Wednesday, January 20th as President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

In a video uploaded earlier on Tuesday to the White House’s YouTube channel, Trump criticized the “shutting down” of debate.

“In America, we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes, we just don’t do that,” he said.

Activists have threatened to organize a boycott of YouTube advertising if it does not ban Trump permanently, as Twitter Inc has done. Facebook has blocked his accounts indefinitely.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Reuters last week that YouTube is treating Trump the same as any other user and will not terminate his account unless he violates the service’s policies three times in 90 days.

Original coverage by Reuters.

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