Groups call for YouTube boycott over Trump channel

Groups call for YouTube boycott over Trump channel
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Several civil rights groups across the United States are set to boycott YouTube if the social media platform does not remove former President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's channel, according to Reuters.

Jim Steyer, an organizer of the group Stop the Hate for Profit, confirmed to the news outlet that groups are demanding YouTube suspend Trump's verified channel, which has nearly 2.76 million subscribers and has posted eight new videos as recently as Tuesday.

Steyer's organization worked on a July campaign in which more than 1,000 advertisers boycotted Facebook. He told Reuters that his group has been in contact with YouTube.

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"If YouTube does not agree with us and join the other platforms in banning Trump, we’re going to go to the advertisers,” he said.

The Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change and the NAACP are among the civil rights groups who helped to organize the Stop Hate for Profit campaign and called on major advertisers to pull their ads from Facebook over hate speech. The NAACP has voiced its support for removing Trump's channel from YouTube as well.

"We join in with our coalition partners and ask that YouTube act decisively to help stop the spread of hate by shutting Trump’s account down,” the NAACP said to Reuters in a statement.

YouTube is one of the last major tech companies to weigh banning Trump.

The former president has already been suspended from Facebook, Snap Inc. and Twitter, with the latter social media giant confirming that Trump will not be able to return to the platform even if he runs in the 2024 presidential election

Conservative lawmakers have pushed back on tech companies for implementing bans in recent months. Several have accused the platforms of being biased against the right and warned of a "wave of censorship."

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic MORE (R-S.C.) called Twitter's decision to ban Trump in January "a serious mistake."

"If you’re on the right or not woke or want to raise Q’s about the integrity of our electoral system, you’re next,  former Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly wrote at the time.