YouTube suspends Donald Trump’s account

YouTube is suspending US President Donald Trump's account for "a minimum of seven days" due to concerns about "the ongoing potential for violence", the video sharing website said.

The company announced the news in a pair of tweets early on Wednesday.

"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," YouTube said in a statement on Twitter.

"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."

The move comes after fellow social media giants Facebook, Instagram and Twitter decided to remove the president's accounts in the wake of last week's attack on the US Capitol by a mob of Mr Trump's supporters.

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US President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on January 12, 2021. - US President Donald Trump comes back from touring a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on January 12, 2021. - US President Donald Trump comes back from touring a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One upon his return on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Following last week's deadly pro-Trump riot on Capitol Hill, Trump traveled to the border town of Alamo, Texas to view the partial construction of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
HARLINGEN, TX - JANUARY 12: President Donald Trump greets his supporters at Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. President Trump later delivered remarks during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HARLINGEN, TX - JANUARY 12: The Marine One helicopter, which carries President Trump, prepares to take off from Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. President Trump later delivered remarks during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HARLINGEN, TX - JANUARY 12: President Donald Trump walks to the Marine One helicopter after greeting his supporters at Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. President Trump later delivered remarks during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HARLINGEN, TX - JANUARY 12: President Donald Trump walks down the stairs as he exits Air Force One at Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. President Trump later delivered remarks during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HARLINGEN, TX - JANUARY 12: Supporters of President Donald Trump take photos of him while he greets them at Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. President Trump later delivered remarks during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HARLINGEN, TX - JANUARY 12: A U.S. Marine stands guard as Air Force One, which carries President Trump lands at Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. President Trump later delivered remarks during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HARLINGEN, TX - JANUARY 12: Supporters of President Donald Trump take photos as Marine Helicopter Squadron One approaches Valley International Airport on January 12, 2021 in Harlingen, Texas. President Trump later delivered remarks during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Alamo, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after touring a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump signs plaque on the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks after touring a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas, on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump signs a plaque as he tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas, on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks after touring a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Twitter said in a statement on its blog on Friday it had decided to take action against Mr Trump's account after a review of two of the president's tweets posted on Friday found they had violated its glorification of violence policy.

Meanwhile Facebook on Thursday suspended Mr Trump's account through to January 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, and possibly indefinitely.

Some prominent political figures have expressed concern over the suspension of Mr Trump's social media accounts, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling it "problematic", while Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the move "raises a very important question" about social media companies "taking editorial decisions".

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