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U.S. President Donald Trump
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YouTube suspends Trump's channel after violating policy on inciting violence

Following similar action by Facebook and Twitter, Google-owned online video sharing platform prevents Republican president's channel from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days, which it says may be extended

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Published: 01.13.21 , 08:14
Google-owned YouTube said on Tuesday it has suspended U.S. President Donald Trump's channel as it violated policies for inciting violence after last week's violent assault on the Capitol by his supporters.
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    U.S. President Donald Trump
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    Trump's channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days, which may be extended, YouTube said in a statement.
    A mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, trying to halt the certification by Congress of President-elect Joe Biden's election win.
    Trump, who has challenged the validity of Biden's victory without producing any evidence at all, initially praised his supporters but later issued a half-hearted condemnation of the violence.
    Republican Senator Ben Sasse said later that the president was watching the events unfold on television and could not understand why others did not share his "delight" at the scenes.
    "I think Donald Trump wanted there to be massive divisions, and he was telling people there was a path by which he was going to stay in office after January 20th. That was never true. And he wanted chaos on television," Sasse said in an interview on Friday.
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    Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol
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    Lawmakers were forced to flee as the building was mobbed by protesters who overwhelmed security forces.
    Five people died in the violence, including one Capitol Police officer who was beaten over the head with a fire extinguisher by rioters and later died in hospital.
    After the incident, Twitter and Facebook removed Trump's accounts and have been eliminating content supporting last week's assault. Inc suspended Parler, a social media platform favored by many supporters of Trump, from its web hosting service, leaving its website inaccessible.
    Apple and Google have also removed the Parler app from their respective stores.
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