YouTube has removed several videos that US President Donald Trump posted to his channel and warned that any channel posted three times in 90 days with false allegations about US election results will be permanently removed from the Google-owned video platform. .
The move comes in the wake of the unprecedented storming of the United States Capitol by Trump supporters on Wednesday, disrupting the constitutional process of counting and certifying Electoral College votes in presidential elections. Four people, including a woman, died in clashes between protesters and police.
“Over the past month, we have removed thousands of videos spreading disinformation claiming widespread voter fraud changed the outcome of the 2020 election, including several videos President Trump posted to his channel on Wednesday,” he said. Google said in a statement.
“Due to the disturbing events that occurred on Wednesday and given that the election results have been certified, any channel posting new videos with these bogus claims in violation of our policies will now receive a warning, a penalty that temporarily restricts downloading. or live broadcast. streaming, ”he said.
“Channels that receive three warnings within the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube,” Google said in its statement.
Trump’s YouTube channel has 2.68 million subscribers. In the wake of violence that erupted on the United States Capitol after his supporters stormed the building, YouTube has removed most of his videos from the rally he addressed earlier today.
YouTube believes these videos alleging widespread fraud in the 2020 election violated its policies.
YouTube said the grace period is due to expire on Jan.21, after inauguration day. But since the election results were certified, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, the Google-owned video platform says it is ending the grace period now.
Earlier, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said President Donald Trump’s accounts on his popular social media platforms – Facebook and Instagram – would remain on hold until President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20.
Announcing the decision, Zuckerberg said the risk of allowing President Trump to continue using the platform during this time is “just too great.” This is probably the first time that Facebook has taken such an extreme step to ban and block the social media handles of a head of state and also that of the United States.
Twitter also blocked Trump’s account for 12 hours on Wednesday and deleted three of his tweets, including a video.