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Trump YouTube suspension will lift after 'risk of violence' decreases, CEO Susan Wojcicki says

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 3/5/2021 Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY
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The suspension of former President Donald Trump's YouTube channel will be lifted “when we determine the risk of violence has decreased,” CEO Susan Wojcicki said Thursday.

Wojcicki made the remarks during an interview with Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe.

Trump’s channel was blocked from uploading new videos after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, part of a wave of suspensions issued by all of the major social media platforms.

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Throughout his presidency, social media companies wrestled with how to moderate one of their most popular and volatile users.

Time and again, Trump tested the boundaries of what he could say, violating prohibitions against election misinformation, glorifying violence and falsehoods about COVID-19.

The decision by social media platforms to block Trump’s access following the Capitol riot was praised by Trump critics and had the support of most Americans, but was condemned by Trump supporters and free speech advocates who warned it set a dangerous precedent. 

Trump’s YouTube account was temporarily suspended Jan. 12.

YouTube removed videos uploaded to Trump's YouTube channel in which the former president warned that impeaching him for inciting violence at the Capitol would be "very dangerous for the USA." 

YouTube will monitor violent rhetoric on the platform and government warnings about violence to determine when Trump's channel will be allowed to upload videos again, Wojcicki said. 

"I do want to confirm that we will lift the suspension of the channel," she said. "Where we stand today, it's hard for me to say when that's going to be. But it's pretty clear that right now, where we stand, that there still is that elevated risk of violence."

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