Online platforms and social media companies are distancing themselves and taking action against those who have encouraged or engaged in violence in Washington DC

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube announced on Tuesday that it had suspended Donald Trump’s channel for violating policies of incitement to violence following last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the president.

Online platforms and social media companies are distancing themselves and taking action against those who have encouraged or engaged in violence in Washington DC

Trump’s channel is now barred from uploading new videos or live streams for at least seven days, which can be extended, Youtube said in a statement.

Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, trying to end Congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

Mr Trump, who challenged the validity of Mr Biden’s victory without producing any evidence, first praised his supporters but then condemned the violence.

Lawmakers were forced to flee as the building was beset by protesters who overwhelmed security forces. Five people died in the violence, including a police officer from the Capitol.

After the incident, Twitter and Facebook deleted Trump’s accounts and removed content supporting last week’s assault, while Amazon.com Inc suspended Talk, a social media platform promoted by many supporters of Mr. Trump’s web hosting service.

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