SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube has banned Donald Trump from the platform indefinitely and said he would also block former president Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer from monetizing his clips, US media reported.
It comes a week after the social media giant confirmed that it will extend the ban on Trump’s channel – which has fewer than three million subscribers – to join other social media platforms in blocking his accounts after the fatal riots on January 6.
The Google-owned company has faced some criticism over its slow response in the wake of the Washington violence, as well as the proliferation of conspiracy theories on the platform.
A YouTube spokesperson told Politico: “In light of concerns about possible continuing violence, Donald J. Trump’s channel will remain suspended.”
Separately, the company said Giuliani’s account would be banned from the affiliate program – which allows creators to make money from their videos – after repeatedly violating its policy against spreading misinformation about the US election.
The 76-year-old has posted videos titled “Biden Crime Families Pay Scheme” and “Election Theft of the Century” on his nearly 600,000 subscriber channel.
The ban on making money from his clips comes as the former New York president faces a $ 1.3 billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems after he alleged on social media that the company was involved in election fraud.
According to YouTube, Giuliani will be able to appeal the decision within 30 days – provided the underlying issues are fixed.