YouTube puts a temporary freeze on uploads to Trump’s channel – TechCrunch

YouTube has been the slowest of the big social media platforms to react to the threat of letting President Trump use his platform to incite a rebellion in the wake of an attack on the US capital last week. But this is now a temporary upload restriction implemented.

In a short time Twitter thread Today, the Google-owned service said it had removed new content uploaded to Trump’s YouTube channel “in light of concerns about potential potential violence”.

It also said that this first strike is in force – triggering a temporary upload ban for at least seven days.

At the time of writing the verified Donald J. Trump YouTube channel has some 2.78M subscribers.

“Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also indefinitely disable comments on President Trump’s channel, as we have done for other channels where security concerns are found in the comments section,” YouTube says Huh.

We reached YouTube with questions about the content, which would determine whether or not to extend a ban on Trump’s ability to post on his platform beyond seven days.

A spokesperson uploaded to the channel on January 12 confirmed it was taken down for violating its policies to incite violence, with the platform stating that it was in the light of recent events with an increased risk of violence and by Trump Considered due to earlier comment.

She did not confirm the specific content of the video that triggered the takedown and strike.

According to YouTube, the platform is implementing its standard ‘three strikes’ policy – whereby within a 90-day period, if a channel receives three strikes, it is permanently suspended. Under this policy the first strike earns around a week’s suspension, the second strike earns around two weeks and the third strike terminates the channel.

At the time of writing, Trump’s official YouTube channel There is a series of recent uploads – including five clips from a speech on the Mexican border wall where he praised the pledge to “build a wall” during the 2016 election campaign.

In one of these videos, “President Trump addressed the events of the past week”, featuring Trump supporters who attacked the US capital as a “mob” – and claimed that his administration “believed in the rule of law Is, not violence or riot “. – Before debating in a series of lewd comments about epidemics and vaccine development.

The clip ends with Trump “healing our nation”, “for peace and tranquility”, and respecting law enforcement – claiming the people working in law enforcement with the president “the maga agenda” Is the backbone of .

An earlier clip of Trump talking to reporters before leaving for a tour of the border wall is still viewable on the channel.

In this, the President for the second time attacked the process of implementing him as “the continuation of the greatest witch-hunt in the history of politics”. Here Trump has checked the names of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer – which seems like a lost but targeted threat.

“[For them] To continue on this path, I think it is posing a tremendous threat to our country and it is creating tremendous anger, “he says,” before giving a final warning to journalists that “I have no violence Do not want”. (But, okay, if you want to add this kind of disclaimer, what about the feeling that you know you’re whipping?)

While YouTube has opted for a temporary freeze on Trump’s megaphone, Twitter banned the president for good One by one last week several violations of its civil integrity policy.

Facebook also revealed what it describes as one “Indefinite” suspension – leaving open the possibility that it could raise hell to use its tools to increase Trump’s ability in the future.

So far, YouTube has managed to avoid becoming the primary target of the ire for those critical of the social media platform and Trump for his conduct and abuse from the mainstream platform, bullying, lying and (most recently) whipping Allows Rebellion.

However, civil rights groups have threatened to boycott an advertiser on their platform, followed by a temporary freeze on their account.

Per Reuters, Stop Hate for Profit (SHP) campaign – which previously led to one Major advertisers boycotted Facebook last summer – demanded that YouTube take down Trump’s verified channel.

“If YouTube does not agree with us and is joining other platforms in banning Trump, we are going to advertisers,” Jim Steyer, one of the SHP’s organizers, told the news agency.

In its official comment about enforcement action against President Trump, YouTube makes no mention of any concerns about the impact of its own advertisers. However, in recent years it has faced some Boycotted first Disgusting with more advertisers Offensive material.

In remarks to reporters, YouTube also claims that it consistently enforces its policies, regardless of who owns the channel – and says that this is no exception to public figures. Although the stage is Recently known to reverse three strike terminations Restoring UK broadcaster TalkRadio’s channel, For example, after receiving a third strike related to coronovirus misinformation.

The channel’s reinstatement in that case was told after the intervention of Rupert Murdoch, president of News Corp, the owner of TalkRadio. British ministers defended the channel’s right to debate the merits of government policy.

In Trump’s case (GOP) there is a dwindling number of politicians who were ready to defend themselves in the wake of the shocking incidents in Washington last week and continued the violent threats being made online by their supporters.

However, concern about the enormous market power of tech platforms – meaning they are capable of unilateral action and may shut down the US president’s ability to broadcast to millions – is far more widespread.

Earlier this week, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel called Trump’s ban on Twitter “problematic”, while lawmakers elsewhere in Europe have said it could have regulatory consequences for big technology.

Therefore, whatever his extensive legacy, Trump certainly appears poised to make a lasting policy impact on Tech veterans, who are now busy railing to mute him.