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YouTube suspends ex-US Prez Donald Trump indefinitely from platform

By Saima Siddiqui 
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California: A week after planning to extend ban on the former United States President, Donald Trump’s YouTube channel, the video sharing giant on Wednesday announced its decision to suspend his account indefinitely.

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This is looked as the major blow to the former Commander-in-Chief as several other social media platforms have already banished him. “In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J Trump channel will remain suspended,” a YouTube spokesperson told media.

YouTube was heavily criticised over its slow response following the violence in Washington, as well as the proliferation of conspiracy theories on its platform.

Meanwhile, the Google-owned firm has also banned Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani from monetizing his content on the platform over election lies. Giuliani’s account has been barred from the Partner Program, allowing creators to make money off their videos.

Social media platforms that have shut Trump’s accounts down including Twitter, which took action against him after the January 6 Capitol Hill violence. Though the ex-US Prez was under fire for his tweets throughout his presidency but the criticism and condemnation grew louder after Capitol Hill attack.

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On January 6, Trump while addressing his supporters, asked them to ‘march’ on the Capitol Building, where the legislature was gathered to certify the President-elect Joe Biden’ victory in US Presidential election 2020.

The violence at the Capitol Hill kickstarted an impeachment process and made Donald Trump the only US President who was ever to be impeached twice.

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