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YouTube extends Trump's suspension for a second time

The Google-owned platform first suspended Trump on Jan. 12.

Richard Nieva Former senior reporter
Richard Nieva was a senior reporter for CNET News, focusing on Google and Yahoo. He previously worked for PandoDaily and Fortune Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, on CNNMoney.com and on CJR.org.
Richard Nieva
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YouTube is extending Donald Trump's suspension from the platform.

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YouTube on Tuesday said it's again extending its suspension of former President Donald Trump, who's been banned from posting videos to his channel since Jan. 12. Comments on Trump's videos will also remain disabled indefinitely. 

"In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended," a YouTube spokesperson confirmed to CNET. "Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments."

YouTube first extended Trump's suspension last week, saying it would reevaluate the situation in a week. The company gave no indication on Tuesday of how long the latest extension would last. 

A spokesperson declined to comment on the potential length of the suspension.

The announcement comes almost a week after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, an event that required heightened security measures following a deadly insurrection at the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6. Law enforcement and officials around the country received credible threats of violence ahead of the inauguration. 

Silicon Valley giants have sought to rein in Trump as social media platforms reckoned with their role in the Capitol riots. Twitter has permanently banned Trump, while Facebook has indefinitely blocked his account. Last week, the social network said it would leave the decision of whether to reinstate Trump to Facebook's independent oversight board. 

YouTube has a three-strikes policy when it comes to policing its platform. Three infractions within a 90-day period results in being permanently kicked off the platform. The first strike typically comes with a one-week ban that prohibits the posting of new content. A second strike comes with a two-week ban.