YouTube removes content from Donald Trump’s channel, blocks new uploads

by Joseph K. Clark

There are still videos available that were posted as recently as seven hours ago, but the channel now has been served a strike and will be blocked from uploading new content for a “minimum” of one week. Comments on the videos are also disabled, and like other platforms, Google-owned YouTube went on to cite “ongoing concerns about violence” as a reason.

New York Times reporter Davey Alba tweeted earlier about a video that has since been removed, where Trump said things like “there is always a countermove” and “our journey is just beginning.” While YouTube was not as specific, Twitter explained its ban by looking at the context of statements posted, saying “they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.” Based on the comments left on that video and statements made by supporters, it appears the possibility of inspiring additional violence prompted YouTube’s action.

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At the same time YouTube announced this move, the Department of Justice uploaded a video to its YouTube channel featuring the acting Attorney General claiming there would be “no tolerance” for lawlessness during the inauguration of Joe Biden. Several Republican U.S. representatives announced they supported impeaching the president earlier in the day, blaming his actions for inciting last week’s attack.

YouTube:

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. We issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence. As a result, by our long-standing strikes system, the track 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.  2/ Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel, as we’ve done to other media where safety concerns are found in the comments section. https://t.co/1aBENHGU5z

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