San Francisco: According to US media reports, YouTube has suspended Donald Trump from the platform indefinitely, saying that this will also prevent the former president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani from profiting.
A week ago, the social media giant confirmed that it would extend the ban on Trump’s channel-which has fewer than 3 million subscribers-and joined other social media platforms to ban its accounts after the deadly January 6 Congressional riots .
The Google-owned company has been criticized for its slow response after the violence in Washington and the spread of conspiracy theories on the platform.
“In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J Trump channel will remain suspended,” a YouTube spokesperson told Politico.
The company said separately that Giuliani’s account would be barred from the Partner Program — which allows creators to make money off their videos — after repeatedly violating its policy against posting misleading information about the US election.
The 76-year-old has posted videos titled “The Biden Crime Family’s Payoff Scheme” and “Election Theft of the Century” to his channel, which has around 600,000 subscribers.
The ban on making money off his clips comes as the former New York mayor faces a $1.3 billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems after alleging on social media that the firm had engaged in election fraud.
YouTube said Giuliani will appeal the decision within 30 days-provided that the basic issues have been resolved.