YouTube removed Trump video and restricted future uploads

Donald Trump gets wet on the Internet. Outside of its episodes, widely commented, with Twitter and Facebook, a new blockade is added by the hand of YouTube.

For a change, this is not an arbitrary or gratuitous restriction, since, in this case, a new video on the US president’s account violated YouTube’s policy on incitement to violence.

Trump’s drama is now also with YouTube

YouTube has removed a new video uploaded to Donald Trump’s account for violating the company’s content policies on incitement to violence. The account already accumulated a strike previously and for this reason, it cannot currently upload new content, a condition that will be extended for at least one week. So far, it is unclear exactly what video prompted the action on Trump’s account, or what the offending material was. YouTube declined to provide specific details to the press about the content of the video.

TV collected statements issued by YouTube, which reveal the information we know about this case: After careful review, and in light of concerns about the continued potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel and issued a strike for violating our policies to incite violence. As a result, according to our long-standing ‘strike’ system, the channel is now unable to upload new videos or live streams for a minimum of seven days, which can be extended.

YouTube is also indefinitely disabling comments on Trump videos due to ongoing concerns about the violence, which it says has been made in the past to other channels with security concerns found in the comment section. A second strike on the account will incur another mandatory two-week suspension, while a third of these warnings will result in a permanent ban.

YouTube also removed content from the official White House channel. These are two videos that were on the official YouTube page of the White House in the last hours, one where Trump was speaking with journalists, and another where he was making comments on the border wall, they have since been deleted.

YouTube previously removed one of Trump’s videos addressing a mob attack on Capitol Hill and also contained widespread misinformation about the election results. YouTube instituted a new policy in December banning content of any kind designed to spread misinformation about the outcome of the 2020 election by promoting false theories about fraudulent votes or other unverified claims.

Out of all that these episodes represent for the history of the United States and for the politics of the last few years in general, these events also represent part of the history of the Internet, by setting important precedents for the management of the digital presence of figures of the Internet. this scale and by putting on the table the debate around the ethical filters of information, in front of the public interest.

Caption photo: Gage Skidmore, licensed under CC.

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