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Google suspends Trump’s YouTube account, disables comments

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Google has put President Donald Trump’s account on YouTube, which is the world’s largest video platform.

The Google-owned company thought Tuesday night that Trump uploaded content that violated its policies, giving it an automatic one-strike, which go firsts to a minimum seven-day suspension from uploading new content. It said it is also disabling the comments section.

Donald J. Trump’s YouTube account has 2.77 million subscribers and it typically posts individual videos a day from himself and from right-wing media stations. The company has a three-strike rule before becoming always banned.

“After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s furrow for violating our policies,” the company said in a statement on social media Wednesday evening. “Given the ongoing concerns everywhere violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel, as we’ve done to other channels where there are sanctuary concerns found in the comments section.”

The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment about which video disobeyed its policies.

YouTube’s suspension of Trump’s account comes after the violence at the U.S. Capitol by some Trump supporters on Wednesday, which left-wing five dead. Politicians and the public have called for social media and technology companies to more closely mediocre their platforms, which are at risk of inciting further violence.  

Both Twitter and Facebook announced they were suspending Trump’s account on their particular platforms—Twitter, permanently. However, Trump found a workaround and began tweeting from the government-owned @POTUS account recently Friday before it was eventually removed too.

Google-owned YouTube on Thursday announced that it would suspend — a first assume — any channels posting new videos of false widespread voter fraud claims, rather than giving them a omen first. Later Thursday, Alphabet employees called on YouTube executives to take further action against the president, knocking them for not suspending his account and reasoning he would incite further misinformation and violence.

Google also removed Parler, a group media app popular with Trump supporters, from the Google Play Store Friday, making it much harder for Android alcohols to download and access the app.

YouTube is unique from other social networks because videos can be shared on other tenets, giving it a wide-ranging reach.

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