YouTube suspends Donald Trump's account for violating policy against 'inciting violence'

YouTube suspends Donald Trump's account for violating policy against 'inciting violence'

DONALD TRUMP's YouTube channel has been suspended and a number of his videos have been removed for violating the company's policy against inciting violence.

It follows on from Twitter's controversial decision to ban Trump's account outright in the wake of the riots at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. last week.

He also saw his Facebook and Instagram accounts locked for breaking in-house rules about inciting violence.

The president's YouTube channel - which has 2.77 million subscribers - hasn't been permanently suspended, but has been issued with a "strike", which means he'll be unable to upload new content for at least one week.

It's currently unclear exactly which video prompted YouTube to take action against the channel.

In a statement, the video sharing platform said: "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.

"As a result, in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, the channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days - which may be extended."

YouTube revealed they're also suspending comments throughout Mr Trump's channel "indefinitely".

It stated: "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 comment section."

Until now, YouTube remained the only major social media platform not to suspend Mr Trump's account in one way or another.

Some have celebrated the news of Trump's online de-platforming, while others have slammed the tech companies for a perceived attack on free speech.