YouTube bans Trump for 'minimum of seven days' after deadly Capitol riots

YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s account for ‘a minimum of seven days’ a week after the deadly US Capitol riots.

Bosses at the video-sharing site said they were concerned about ‘the ongoing potential for violence’ in tweets on Wednesday evening.

Comments on the president’s page have been stopped ‘indefinitely’ after he received his ‘first strike’.

It comes after Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all banned or suspended the US leader’s accounts after five people died when a mob of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill in a bid to overturn November’s presidential election.

A statement from YouTube read: ‘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.

‘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.’

Twitter bosses said in a statement on Friday Trump’s account had been ‘permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence’.

Meanwhile, a Facebook spokesperson said his page was suspended through to January 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, and possibly indefinitely.

The news comes as US Vice President Mike Pence rules out using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

In a letter to House speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr Pence said the mechanism should not be used ‘as a means of punishment or usurpation’ and reserved for cases of medical or mental incapacitation.

Democrats – and many Republicans – are calling for the Trump presidency to end early after he told supporters to ‘walk down to the Capitol’.  

He said: ‘You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.’

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