Borat Star Offers YouTube Template For Donald Trump Reinstatement Denial
Donald Trump was kicked off his various social media platforms after the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Now, as the possibility of reinstatement is bandied about, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen is weighing in, saying that if YouTube and others don’t know how to say ‘No’ to the former president, he can help.
While Trump was still President of the United States, social media platforms began making decisions about temporarily blocking or permanently banning his accounts, in order to control his access to a mob that thrived on the false information he fed them. Washington Post reported at the time on Trump’s YouTube ban in particular — it came several days after his Facebook and Twitter accounts were disabled, and was initially for a one-week period. It was later extended for another week, as reported by Forbes.
Now that week is almost up, and YouTube will have to make a decision about whether to reinstate the former president’s account, or to make the ban permanent. While the possible reinstatement of a person facing trial in the Senate for instigating a riot and attempting to overturn the nation’s elections is frustrating to some users, one with his own significant following decided to speak up.
Sacha Baron Cohen, the star of the recently released Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, tweeted to offer a lengthy statement that Google and YouTube could use to explain a permanent ban, and he did not mince words.
Seems like you're struggling.
Virtually every other social media company has removed Donald Trump, but you might let him BACK ON!?
I wrote a statement for you. Feel free to use.
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) January 25, 2021
His statement opens with an admission of guilt by the media giant — “We have failed.” He then suggests YouTube could explain further:
Google’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil,” but under our stewardship, YouTube has become a super-spreader of evil lies, conspiracies, and hate. While virtually every other social media company has removed Donald Trump from their platforms, we have permitted Trump’s YouTube channel to continue showing…videos in which he repeats the lie that the 2020 election was “stolen” and calls on his supporters to “fight!”
Cohen goes on to call YouTube complicit in the January 6th attack for allowing this dissemination of false information and propaganda, “abdicating [their] responsibility to [their] users and society,” and causing “serious suffering and harm.”
“Access to social media platforms is a privilege, not a right,” Cohen reminds, and suggests that removing Trump permanently is only the first step, which must be followed by reconfiguring algorithms “so that YouTube no longer recommends and amplifies extremism and hate,” and calls for “employees, partners, regulators, national governments” and users to hold the company accountable if it fails to do so.
You can read the Borat star’s entire suggested YouTube statement below.