YouTube is the latest platform to remove content and suspend Donald Trump. The video streaming site today announced a temporary ban on new content for at least seven days alongside the removal of some new content.
The account, which boasts 2.78 million subscribers and more than 825 million views since March 2015, still features uploads made as recently as Jan. 12—ahead of YouTube’s brief embargo.
“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. It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days,” the company explained in a tweet. In a follow-up tweet YouTube added, “Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel, as we’ve done to other channels where there are safety concerns found in the comments section.”
According to Gizmodo, YouTube pulled a recent C-SPAN clip of the president talking to reporters, which Trump followers apparently believed to be a call for more violence; dissected in the comments, supporters highlighted phrases like “there is always a countermove” and “our journey is just beginning.”
This marks Trump’s first strike on YouTube. While full privileges are usually restored after one week, the point remains on the channel for 90 days. Second and third strikes within those three months will result in permanent removal from the site. Each strike expires 90 days from the time it’s issued; deleting offending content will not remove a strike. It seems the earliest President Trump could regain control of his account is on Jan. 20—inauguration day.
Trump’s YouTube suspension comes after a number of major social networks—including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitch—banned or disabled the president after he incited the Jan. 6 coup at the nation’s Capital that left five people dead.