Today marks one week since Trump supporters besieged the U.S. Capitol in order to stop lawmakers from confirming Joe Biden as the future president. Likewise, this Wednesday also marks the final seven days in which President Trump shall remain in office.
Since the events in the nation’s capital one week ago, big tech companies are censoring, restricting, and shutting down the 45th president left and right. Multiple social networking sites have barred Trump from using their platforms, while payment processing companies such as Stripe and Shopify also prohibited the president.
Now, Breitbart News confirms that Trump’s YouTube account received its very first strike yesterday evening.
Penalizing Trump’s YouTube Account
YouTube cited “ongoing potential for violence” as their reason for taking down new content posted on Trump’s channel and indefinitely removing the ability for viewers to comment on Trump’s page. Likewise, YouTube confirmed that the president’s account received its very first strike and won’t be able to post content for at least seven days.
2/ 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. https://t.co/1aBENHGU5z
— YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 13, 2021
The first strike against the president’s account is not to be overlooked. On YouTube, accounts that receive three strikes suffer permanent suspension from using the service. Based on the ways that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., have responded to the president over the past week, it appears on-brand for YouTube to work towards the permanent removal of Trump.
The Ultimate Endgame of Big Tech
All things considered, the erasure of Trump from the internet altogether looks to be the goal of big tech. Systemically removing Trump from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Shopify, Snapchat, YouTube, etc., severely limits the 45th president’s ability to reach people. Big tech knows this, hence the collaborated takedown of Trump’s accounts.
2. Over the last month, we’ve removed thousands of videos which spread misinformation claiming widespread voter fraud changed the result of the 2020 election, including several videos President Trump posted to his channel.
— YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 7, 2021
Back-to-back suspensions of Trump’s online accounts are not going over well with conservatives and loyalists to the president. Some have suggested that Americans seek out alternatives to mainstream platforms; others are in favor of removing Section 230, citing that social media sites are acting more like publishers than platforms.
In the final week of the president’s term, Americans will get to see whether or not big tech continues down its current path. Time will tell whether this all leads to the ongoing rising of alternative platforms.
What do you think about YouTube’s temporary suspension of President Trump? Do you believe big tech has an endgame of permanently removing the president from the internet? Let us know in the comments section below.