Donald Trump and his supporters have decried his bans on various social media sites as unfair and ‘cancel culture.’The corporations that have blocked him, however, are calling it a safety measure. In at least one case, such a company has given Trump’s fan base a way to help him restore his access — but first, they’ve got to correct that safety concern.
YouTube has made a decision to recognize Trump’s rhetoric as encouraging to the more violent of his supporters. According to the Guardian‘s reporting back in January, a spokesperson for the company explained at that time that the ban was being extended because violent threats were ongoing.
Now the company, according to HuffPost, is promising to lift the ban — but first, the threat of violence must end.
Currently, there have been hundreds of arrests of people who were willing to attack the U.S. in order to keep Donald Trump in the White House after his election loss. New threats from those who support him are ongoing, though. On Thursday, March 4, there were militia threats, and some public figures who support Trump were spreading the idea that a military coup was his path back to power.
With that day over and no regime change, the former president’s most conspiracy-minded supporters haven’t concluded that it isn’t happening — they’ve merely set their sights on a new date, March 20th. The need for extra security at the U.S. Capital continues in light of these ongoing threats.
YouTube has made their position simple, though: Trump can have his channel back, if (a subset of) his followers can simply stop with the violent insurrection threats. As soon as there’s no concern that his words will motivate another attack, he’s set.
This means Trump’s supporters could give him back at least one platform — and Trump is in the position to encourage that.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com