YouTube has removed a new video uploaded to President Trump’s account for violating the company’s content policies. The account has also been issued a “strike” and is unable to upload new content for at least a week. It’s presently unclear exactly which video prompted the action on Trump’s account, or what it contained. YouTube declined to provide details on the video to CNN. The Verge has contacted YouTube for comment.
“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,” YouTube says in a statement posted to Twitter. “It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a minimum of 7 days.”
YouTube is also indefinitely disabling comments on Trump’s videos due to “ongoing concerns about violence,” which it says it’s done in the past to other channels with “safety concerns found in the comments section.”
Previously, YouTube removed one of Trump’s videos that addressed a mob attack on the Capitol and also contained widespread misinformation about the election results. YouTube instituted a new policy in December prohibiting content of any kind designed to spread misinformation about the outcome of the 2020 election by promoting false theories about fraudulent votes or other unverified claims.
YouTube isn’t the only company taking a harsher stance against the president after yesterday’s attack and in lead up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Twitter suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours, threatening to ban the president outright if he posted another tweet violating the company’s policies or inciting violence. Facebook initially prevented Trump from posting to Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, before CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced even stricter measures on Thursday morning that include indefinitely suspending his account for at least the next weeks.
YouTube deletes Trump video and suspends new uploads The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ The Verge.