According to US media reports, YouTube has suspended Donald Trump from the platform indefinitely, and said it would also prevent the former president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani from profiting.
A week ago, the social media giant confirmed that it would extend the ban on Trump’s channel-which has fewer than 3 million subscribers-and joined other social media platforms to ban its accounts after the deadly January 6 Congressional riots .
The Google-owned company has been criticized for its slow response after the violence in Washington and the spread of conspiracy theories on the platform.
A YouTube spokesperson told Politico: “Due to concerns about the possibility of continued violence, Donald J. Trump’s channel will continue to be suspended.”
The company separately stated that Giuliani’s account will repeatedly violate its policy of posting misleading information about the U.S. election and will be prohibited from participating in the partner program-a program that allows creators to make money from their videos.
The 76-year-old has posted videos titled “Biden Criminal Family Repayment Plan” and “The Theft of the Century” on his channel, which has 6 million subscribers.
The ban on making money comes as the former New York City mayor is facing a $1.3 billion (approximately 95 billion rupees) lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems after accusing the company of election fraud on social media.
YouTube said Julianii will appeal the decision within 30 days-as long as the basic issues have been resolved.