YouTube added that it would “turn off comments indefinitely” and reiterated “persistent violence concerns” related to its online postings.
The company did not disclose what content violated its guidelines.
Key context: The move comes as YouTube faces increased pressure from Democratic lawmakers and left-wing activists to crack down on Trump’s posts after rivals Twitter and Facebook took more aggressive steps to restrict the president’s accounts on those platforms.
Following the riot at the Capitol, YouTube removed a Trump video reiterating unsubstantiated claims that the election had been “stolen” from him. It was named after the fact that it would begin enforcing suspensions and possibly permanent bans on accounts that violated guidelines on disseminating unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud.
The announcement meant that Trump would have to break YouTube guidelines three times in the future to impose a permanent ban. His first strike came on Tuesday.
Civil rights groups earlier Tuesday demanded that YouTube remove Trump’s account and threatened to launch a full boycott of the company if it doesn’t. Reuters reported.
Trump’s reaction: The president had rallied against tech companies earlier Tuesday for banning and restricting his accounts, and in his first remarks to reporters since the uprising said tech companies had done “a terrible thing for our country and for our country.”