YouTube is suspending President Donald Trump’s channel for at least one week, and potentially longer, after his channel earned a strike under the platform’s policies. A recent video on Trump’s channel had incited violence. YouTube declined to share details of the video that earned Trump the strike but said it violated the policy banning content that spreads misinformation claiming widespread election fraud. The move came as civil rights groups threatened a national boycott if YouTube does not remove the channel.”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,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.
YouTube also said it will be taking the extra step of disabling comments underneath videos on Trump’s channel. Under YouTube’s policies three strikes will result in a permanent ban. “A minimum of seven days is an important and necessary first step by YouTube, and we hope they will make it permanent,” Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, said in a statement. The big tech companies have also pulled support from other sites that have hosted right-wing content.