YouTube will lift the suspension of former President Trump’s channel once it determines that “the risk of violence has decreased,” according to the company’s CEO Suzan Wojcicki.
On Thursday, the Wojcicki spoke with Frederick Kempe, the President and CEO of Atlantic Council. During the said interview, the YouTube CEO mentioned that only if they think the risk has decreased will they remove the channel suspension.
Trump’s YouTube Suspension Came After Capitol Incident
The former president’s YouTube channel was banned from uploading new content following the Jan. 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol. Many see Trump as the one who incited violence on that day.
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YouTube is only one of the many social media platforms that banned the former president following the incident.
Shortform social media content sites Snapchat and Twitter gave Trump a permanent suspension. Meanwhile, Facebook is letting its Oversight Board decide on whether it should allow the former president back to its platforms.
Throughout the Trump Administration, many platforms are scrambling as to how they can moderate the content churned out by one of their most popular users.
During his time on the said platforms, the former president kept on pushing the limits regarding what he could say. Many deemed that he violated many community rules and prohibitions. They also said he glorified violence and pushed for misinformation regarding COVID-19.
Many critics of the former president lauded the decisions of these social media companies to suspend or ban Trump’s accounts. However, his supporters and some advocates of free speech slammed the decision, saying that it put in place a dangerous precedent.
YouTube suspended Trump’s account on Jan. 12.
Given Wojcicki’s announcement, the media company will likely monitor if his manner of speaking can incite more violence to see if they will allow him to upload content again.
The CEO also clarified that they will lift the suspension. However, with the way things are now, she said they still see “an elevated risk.”