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YouTube suspends Trump's channel after violating policy on inciting violence

TechnologyJan 13, 2021 02:35AM ET
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(Reuters) - Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's YouTube said on Tuesday it has suspended Donald Trump's channel as it violated policies for inciting violence after last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol by the president's supporters.

Online platforms and social media companies are distancing themselves from, and taking action against, those that encouraged or engaged in the violence in Washington, DC.

Trump's channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days, which may be extended, Youtube said in a statement.

The company has also indefinitely disabled comments under videos on the channel.

The suspension of Trump's channel came after comments that he made at a news conference, which was streamed on the platform on Tuesday morning, the company said.

Youtube's action against the president comes after U.S. civil rights groups told Reuters that they were set to organize an advertiser boycott against the company if it does not remove Trump's channel.

Supporters of Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, trying to halt the certification by Congress of President-elect Joe Biden's election win.

Trump, who has challenged the validity of Biden's victory without producing evidence, initially praised his supporters but later condemned the violence.

Lawmakers were forced to flee as the building was mobbed by protesters who overwhelmed security forces. Five people died in the violence, including one Capitol Police officer.

After the incident, Twitter and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) removed Trump's accounts and have been eliminating content supporting last week's assault, while Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) suspended Parler, a social media platform favored by many supporters of Trump, from its web hosting service.

 

YouTube suspends Trump's channel after violating policy on inciting violence
 

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neil rutan
neil rutan Jan 20, 2021 1:21PM ET
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am I the only one who remembers 2 months ago???
Stella Stella
Stella Stella Jan 13, 2021 9:26AM ET
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Freedom of the speech doesn't mean inciting domestic terrorists to destroy our nation, breaking the law.
Ronaldo Santos
Ronaldo Santos Jan 13, 2021 9:26AM ET
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You are right, however, when this incitement comes from Democrat leaders or left wing people is ok, isn't it? Btw, a private business such as Twitter has the right to refuse doing business with anyone, the problem is when the whole industry orchestrate a ban at the same time and deliberately shut down the only competitor that this rejected customer has as a choice. I think this configures an Oligopoly in front of our eyes! The big tech are clearly breaking the 'antitrust law', they must be investigated.
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Ad Cline Jan 13, 2021 4:06AM ET
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Anna the Constitution says The GOVERNMENT shall make no.laws abridging or interfering in the right to free speech. private companies. pretty.much as they see fit, unless you're a die hard socialist and think that companies should be run by and controlled by the government
Anna Kaliszewska
Anna Kaliszewska Jan 13, 2021 3:45AM ET
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Democrat double standards...
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Ad Cline Jan 13, 2021 3:45AM ET
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Anna your comparing insurrection, sedition. and an attempted coup, to what ....civil rights demonstrators.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jan 13, 2021 3:45AM ET
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Anna, it has nothing to do with the Democrats. It's just pre-existing written policy (that applies to all users) by a private company. Nothing to do with government or politics.
white hate
white hate Jan 13, 2021 3:16AM ET
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as usual, americans....
Alison Boxxer
Alison Boxxer Jan 13, 2021 3:06AM ET
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everyone on the extreme right should have their accounts suspended for life they are all terrorists and they are planning  terror attacks now throughout the county God help us all they should lose their rights to free speech and assembly......violence, terrorism and Sedition are not covered
Michael Serafini
Michael Serafini Jan 13, 2021 3:06AM ET
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So says the far left. I feel whoever it was thought it was ok to do it (seattle, new york, chicago, etc)
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Ad Cline Jan 13, 2021 2:51AM ET
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fascist and fascism is more about a believe system that supports strong man dictatorships than the violent actions they use to install them.
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Ad Cline Jan 13, 2021 1:56AM ET
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Santos there is a. massive difference between unorganized rioters and major armed right wing organizations trying to overthrow American Democracy.
Ronaldo Santos
Ronaldo Santos Jan 13, 2021 1:56AM ET
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With all respect, here you are showing the same double standard the media shows regarding the left and the right wing... There is no difference between radicals, left or right. Anti+Blm caused way more harm to the US cities than this condemned invasion of the Capitol. Are you in the US, a big metropolis? Say to the victims from Antifa+Blm that they were "peaceful people", "it was all about "civil rights protest", it was not, do not try the same misinformation the media impose to us. I'm in Beverly Hills, CA, till this day, the small businesses around the city have been boarded up! Whoever supports pres Trump get attacked, this is not a joke. You said disorganized group? You must blind yourself for the facts or just been bias... I can speak for Los Angeles, look, I didn't hear or see it on TV, I saw it with my own eyes, piles of bricks in certain points of the city were placed just before the "peaceful Antifa+Blm" passed by... Huge groups marching like the Nazis... Disorganized??? Joke!
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Ad Cline Jan 13, 2021 1:52AM ET
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Santos- rioters that called themselves Antifa and destroyed property or harmed peaceful demonstrators were arrested tried an if found guity were jailed. the right wing scrum that attacked the Capitol were mostly armed traitors committing sedition agaist American Democracy. and were organized to overthrow the government. pip bombs Molotov cocktails and zip ties to use on members of Congress.
Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Jan 13, 2021 1:13AM ET
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Fascism? and how could you call what happened and all the violence. The only problem is that we we got use to it.
Ronaldo Santos
Ronaldo Santos Jan 13, 2021 1:13AM ET
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Certainly no one agrees with what happened on Wed at the Capitol. The problem is the double standard my friend. I didn't see the same outraged behavior from the media when the Antifa+Blm stormed throughout US cities, assaulted, looted and even burned down a lot of businesses! without mentioning the deaths!
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david dack Jan 13, 2021 1:13AM ET
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Thierry Van Veen
Thierry Van Veen Jan 13, 2021 1:04AM ET
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wow fascism in action, next step open camps for peolle that does not support the democrat partie and the silicon valley partie
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Ad Cline Jan 13, 2021 1:04AM ET
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van veen. your support for right wing terrorists that fomenting revolution is obvious. these people attempted to destroy our democratic institutions ********Congressional leaders and install a tin pot President that subscribes to fascist ideals and total power over our government.if you're an American the FBI should be made aware of you.support .
Ronaldo Santos
Ronaldo Santos Jan 13, 2021 1:04AM ET
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Should the FBI go after Antifa and Blm too? For bringing terror, assault, looting and the burning of several businesses throughout the US cities? Without mentioning the deaths ! Such a double standard! And now the Dems have almost absolute power, ironic, hum? The House, the Senate, the Executive, and the path is open for packing the Supreme... Total power! Ohhh yeah, now the dems can use ex pres. Obama's favorite weapon against his adversaries, the FBI! Great! So will the FBI go after 80 million who voted for pres. Trump now? Only because they voted for Trump? Or just use the big tech to shutdown their accounts and silence them? A serious question, who is playing the "card of fascism" here? I'm curious. PS. Before you come with offenses, I did not vote for pres Trump.
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Ad Cline Jan 13, 2021 1:04AM ET
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Santos they did; the ones that were found guilty of crimes were jailed. there's a massive difference between unorganized group of anarchist and organized armed far right groups who.committed sedition, trying to bring down American Democracy.
Average Trader
Average Trader Jan 13, 2021 1:04AM ET
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Ad Cline  You mean the riots? They got everyone? Must have been half of the country.
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no *****.e r most of the civil rights demonstrators this summer were peaceful over ninty-five percent were ordinary citizens concerned about civil rights of black citizens. unfortunately the maga crowd were there because of the lies of Trump and the far right insurrectionists.
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jan 13, 2021 12:40AM ET
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Truth is now verboten.
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LITTLE bobby--the truth is anyone supporting armed sedition and the ****of members of Congress need a visit from the FBI.
pt pt
pt pt Jan 13, 2021 12:40AM ET
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armed? like the CHAZ shooters?
 
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