YouTube announced Tuesday evening it has temporarily prevented new content from being uploaded to President Donald Trump’s account for one week, citing violation of the video-sharing platform’s policies.
“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,” a statement from the platform’s Twitter account read.
“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,” the statement added.
The announcement comes nearly a week after a deadly siege at the U.S. capital and Trump subsequently being suspended permanently from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The permanent suspension of Trump’s Twitter account followed the social media platform’s temporary ban after he urged his supporters to descend on Congress during the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. Though Trump urged the rioters to go home in one video message, he also stated his support for them and reiterated false claims about the outcome of the election.
Facebook, which issued a similar temporary ban on Trump’s account last Wednesday, made the decision a day later to block him from using his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely for at least the final two weeks of his presidency.
Trump’s official account as president, @POTUS, remains active. He used that account, which has 33 million followers, far less frequently and rarely for the type of off-the-cuff missives that he was known for firing off from his personal account. (Its most recent activity was a Dec. 23 retweet of the main White House account’s post about the lighting of the national Christmas tree.)
The @POTUS account will transfer to Biden at the time of his inauguration.