Donald Trump’s YouTube ban could be LIFTED if ‘violence’ threat eases

Donald Trump's former adviser discusses ongoing popularity

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Susan Wojcicki said the former President’s ban could be lifted when Government warnings allow and Mr Trump’s rhetoric eases. Mr Trump was banned from YouTube, as well as almost all social media platforms, following the January 6 Washington riots, where supporters of the former President stormed the US Capitol.

YouTube said the 45th US President had violated their incitement of violence policy.

At an event hosted by the Atlantic Council ,the YouTube CEO suggested Mr Trump has received his first strike on the platform, which sees him barred from posting for a minimum of seven days.

A third strike would see the former President banned permanently from the platform.

She then said: “I do want to confirm that… we will lift the suspension of the Donald Trump channel when we determine that the risk of violence has decreased. That’s per our policies.

“That’s how our three-strike system works. But when the channel is reinstated, it will be subject to the same policies that every other channel is.”

The YouTube CEO added the platform is watching government advice and warnings own whether reinstating Mr Trump is safe.

Ms Wojcicki, after being asked whether “not all strikes are created equal”, said YouTube is observing the situation.

She added: “We certainly would look at increased law enforcement around the country. We also would look at any kind of violent rhetoric that we’re seeing on our platform (…)

“Where we stand today, it’s hard for me to say when that’s going to be.

“But it’s pretty clear right now where we stand. But there still is that elevated risk of violence.”

Mr Trump’s suspension from YouTube followed the January 6 riots, where five people died.

In a statement after the riot, YouTube said Mr Trump’s channel had broken its rules over encouraging violence.

They said: “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.”

The former President was also permanently banned from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for similar reasons.

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Social media platform Gab still allows Mr Trump to post, with the former President issuing statements from “The Office of Donald J. Trump”.

His most recent post saw him blast US President Joe Biden on immigration, calling the border “totally out of control” and saying his successor’s leadership was “disastrous”.

Mr Trump called on Mr Biden to finish the border wall to Mexico, and said: “Despite being delayed by years of litigation and politics by the democrats, the wall is almost finished and can be quickly completed. Doing so will save thousands of lives.

“The Biden Administration must act immediately to end the border nightmare that they have unleashed onto our Nation.”

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