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YouTube suspends Trump’s channel for at least seven days

Washington DC, Jan 13 (efe-epa).- YouTube has suspended the channel of the United States’ president, who will not be able to upload new content for at least 7 days, nearly the remainder of his mandate.

The move comes amid similar action by other social media platforms against Donald Trump after his supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“After careful review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday.

“It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days,” the statement 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.”

This is the latest in a series of measures taken by social media platforms after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol last week, forcing Vice-President Mike Pence and lawmakers to shelter in the House and Senate chambers until they could be evacuated.

The assault on the Capitol came as lawmakers were proceeding with certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the Nov. 3 presidential election. But in a speech before his supporters gathered in front of the White House, Trump urged them to march to Congress and once again repeated his baseless, and oft disproved, allegations that massive election fraud was the only reason that Biden had defeated his reelection bid.

Four people died during the chaotic and violent attack, while one of the police officials on duty at the Capitol during the attack died the next day.

On Jan. 8, Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Twitter took this step after temporarily blocking the president following the attack on the US Capitol.

Trump has posted more than 55,000 tweets during over 11 years on his account, which has 89 million followers.

Facebook and Instagram have also blocked the president from using his accounts until the transfer of power on Jan. 20, while Twitch and Snapchat have deactivated his profile indefinitely. EFE-EPA

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