[Opinión] Donald Trump has days left in the White House, but he continues to make headlines. YouTube is the latest internet service taking action against the “incitement to violence” of the former president and his followers for violating Google’s media use policies, after the assault on the Capitol.
YouTube has removed the latest Donald Trump videos and banned the upload of new content for a week. Although the channel is still active, YouTube will disable the channel’s comments, understanding that they are as inflammatory or more than the content itself.
“After careful review, and in light of concerns about the continued potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel and issued a warning for violating our incitement to violence policies,” said a spokesperson. YouTube in a statement. “As a result, according to our long-term warning system, the channel is now unable to upload new videos or live broadcasts for a minimum of seven days, a period that can be extended.”
1 / 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.
– YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) January 13, 2021
YouTube’s move comes a few days after the Alphabet workers union’s complaint. “We know that social media has emboldened the growing fascist movement in the United States and we are particularly aware that YouTube, a product of Alphabet, has played a key role in this growing threat, that received insufficient response from YouTube executives«, They described.
Donald Trump and social media
Trump has seized and handled social media at will and they have consented to what they surely would not have allowed to other users. It is disappointing that an attempted coup has had to come for technology companies to take measures that multiple analysts have long been calling for. Of those powders these muds.
Disinformation, half-truths, directly false news (fake news) or those that have a clear intention to manipulate are our daily bread and a very serious problem for an Internet that allows any type of message and do so under the cloak of anonymity. Then come the hate speech that brings out the worst in human beings and ends in the violence we have seen in the United States. Other countries may take similar paths.
The big social networks are taking measures against this type of message. First it was Twitter (the medium that Donald Trump liked the most) and then others such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit or Twitch did.
Recently, Google, Apple and finally Amazon, after another protest by their employees, have turned off the tap on Parler for the same reason, incitement to violence. The “Twitter” of Trump supporters is a fishing ground for deniers, neo-fascists, advocates of conspiracy theories and personal of all kinds including those of QAnon (whose account is also being banned in other media) and was the network used to plan and coordinate the attack on the Capitol.
All of them speak of ‘censorship’ and invoke freedom of expression and the first amendment of the US Constitution, but it is clear that a public medium should not allow it to be used to spread any type of message as dangerous as these. The large social networks have a lot to do in this matter if they do not want the vast majority of ‘normal’ (non-polarized) people to flee from them. And being accomplices of some events that we all know how end up ending.
Trump goes about his business. Now launching a message as a victim of a conspiracy to ‘steal’ the White House and not as responsible for everything that has happened during his term, including as the main inciter and responsible for the takeover of Congress. You run the risk of turning guys like Donald Trump into martyrs, but social networks have a moral and legal obligation to combat hateful messages and incitement to violence. And it won’t take four years to do it.