|Former US president Donald Trump will be allowed back on YouTube - but only when the threat of his inciting violence abates, the head of the popular online video sharing platform said on March 4, 2021. (File photo by=AFP)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] Ex-US President Donald Trump will be allowed back on YouTube but only when the threat of his inciting violence stops, the head of the popular online video sharing platform said on Thursday (Mar 4) according to AFP. Late in January, YouTube suspended Trump's channel, after other social media platforms banned his accounts following the deadly Jan 6 Capitol riot.
"We will lift the suspension of the Donald Trump channel when we determine that the risk of violence has decreased," YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki said during a streamed Atlantic Council interview. "Given just the warnings by the Capitol Police yesterday about a potential attack today, I think it is pretty clear that that elevated violence risk still remains." Wojcicki said that when the Trump channel is reinstated, it will remain subject to the same "three-strike" system as everyone else at YouTube.
Uploading videos that break YouTube rules such as those against inciting violence or falsely attacking election integrity would earn the channel more strikes and suspensions. Channels that get three strikes within a 90-day period are removed from YouTube, Wojcicki noted. The Google-owned firm has faced criticism over its slow response following the violence in Washington, as well as the proliferation of conspiracy theories on the platform.