YouTube extends Trump ban for another week

YouTube has extended the ban on new uploads to President Trump’s account for another week, one day before he officially leaves office and President-elect Joe Biden assumes power.

A Google spokesperson told The Hill that “in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will be prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for an additional minimum of seven days.”

“As we shared previously, comments will continue to be indefinitely disabled under videos from the channel,” the spokesperson added.

YouTube had barred new content from being posted to the president’s channel last week over a violation of its policies.

The FBI has warned of the potential for armed protests leading up to and on Inauguration Day on Wednesday. Several entities have taken action in order to mitigate the likelihood of such an event occurring. Multiple airlines have blocked firearms from being carried on flights to Washington, D.C. and the city’s metro has closed down stations surrounding the Capitol and National Mall.

The Capitol is currently being treated as a military zone with tens of thousands of National Guard members deployed in order to maintain security.

The White House on Tuesday uploaded Trump’s farewell address onto YouTube. Trump appeared to take aim at his various social media bans when he said, “In America we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes, we just don’t do that.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Reuters last week that there are currently no plans to terminate Trump’s accounts. Pichai told the outlet that the outgoing president will be treated the same as any user and his accounts will only terminated if he violates the company’s policies three times in 90 days.

Reports came out on Tuesday that Facebook does not currently intend on lifting its ban of Trump’s pages after he leaves office. Facebook had initially stated its ban would last until at least one day after Biden’s inauguration, but statements from its COO Sheryl Sandberg and communications director Andy Stone have indicated his ban may go on longer.

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