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13 Jan 2021

Shweta Sharma, The Independent

YouTube freezes Trump’s channel & deletes recent video

"YouTube suspends Trump’s channel and deletes recent video", 13 Jan 2021

YouTube has frozen Donald Trump’s channel on the platform, suspending it for at least a week from uploading new videos and deleting a recent video following ongoing concern of “potential for violence”.

Google-owned YouTube joined its fellow social media giants Twitter and Facebook in their crackdown on the US president over the fear of rerun of the US Capitol mayhem on 6 January.

"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 said in a statement.

"As a result, in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, the channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days—which may be extended."

YouTube has also disabled comments from the videos on Mr Trump’s channel, which has 2.77 million followers.