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13 Jan, 18 tweets, 5 min read
NEW: YouTube has suspended President Trump’s channel for a week, and potentially longer, after it removed a video that the company says incited violence.
YouTube tells me that Trump’s channel earned a first strike for the video, and under YouTube’s policies, a first strike violation involves a one-week timeout where uploads and streaming are restricted.
YouTube statement:
I asked YouTube to say which video it found problematic. YouTube declined, but said that the one-week suspension is a minimum, not a maximum, and that it would revisit the decision at the end of the one-week period.
YouTube also says it’s taking the extra step of indefinitely disabling comments underneath Trump’s videos.
Of the top social media platforms, YouTube was the only one until today that had not yet moved to restrict Trump’s accounts in some fashion.
Our story, which is developing:…
More: YouTube tells me the company also removed content from the White House’s official channel for violating policy. Doesn’t sound like it earned a strike but I’m asking.

Content that’s similar to the violative posts and lack context will also be removed, the company said.
YouTube tells me that although content was removed from it, the official White House channel has not been suspended or been given a strike -- just a warning. If further violative content gets uploaded there, it would be eligible for a strike under YouTube policies, I'm told.
Been trying to figure out which video it was that triggered the enforcement.

YouTube tells me that it was comments he made to press yesterday morning. From my notes, though, he spoke to reporters twice -- from the south lawn of the White House and again at Joint Base Andrews.
Anyone happen to see which of those two sets of remarks (or perhaps both?) were posted to Trump's channel yesterday?
An update to this story: Trump’s press remarks at Joint Base Andrews yesterday appear to have been the final straw for YouTube, based on a look at what YouTube has said publicly and what is still on its platform.…
YouTube had told me that the strike was linked to a video of Trump’s comments to the press on Tuesday morning.

Trump had two such press gaggles yesterday — one on the south lawn of the White House, and one at JBA before departing for Texas.
But which one was it?

Well, YouTube had said that it had removed content from the White House’s official channel — and that content would be removed that was similar to that which was removed from Trump’s own channel.
As of Wednesday morning, the south lawn remarks were still available on the White House channel, suggesting it wasn’t those remarks but the other ones, at JBA, that YouTube viewed as problematic.
Indeed, clicking a YouTube link to the JBA remarks (thanks, @FactbaseFeed & @nielslesniewski!) takes you to a YouTube message that says the video was removed for violating platform policies.
Here’s a slice of Trump’s remarks to press before leaving the base.
YouTube did not respond to further questions about this, but at this stage I think we can say with moderate to high confidence that the JBA remarks led to the strike and suspension.

Huge thanks to @nielslesniewski and @FactbaseFeed for helping to dig on this.

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13 Jan
NEW: Amazon has filed its reply to Parler's lawsuit, listing more than a dozen examples of what it said was violent content on Parler that violated AWS's terms.

Amazon also invokes #Section230, making this a high-profile test of the law Trump despises.…
The examples Amazon cites includes calls for a civil war and the deaths of Democratic lawmakers as well as that of tech CEOs including Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey; members of professional sports leagues; DOT Sec Elaine Chao; and US Capitol Police, among others.
For antitrust nerds, Amazon argues Parler's antitrust allegations don't meet the threshold for a Sherman Act claim, because the complaint doesn't define a relevant market nor how competition was harmed.
Read 4 tweets
10 Jan
Confirming @BuzzFeedNews' scoop, I've independently obtained a copy of the letter that Amazon sent to Parler announcing plans to boot the company off AWS.
Parler will be deplatformed from AWS at 11:59 pm Pacific time on Sunday for what Amazon told it was repeated examples of violent rhetoric and incitement.

Amazon told Parler that it flagged 98 examples of this type of content and that it will no longer host Parler's website.
Parler’s CEO confirms and says Parler could be off of the internet for up to a week:
Read 4 tweets
10 Jan
Apple has banned Parler from the iOS App Store for hosting "threats of violence and illegal activity.”

Here’s the message Apple sent to Parler explaining the decision, which Apple has provided:
Apple’s statement on the matter:
Here’s the response from Parler’s CEO:
Read 5 tweets
9 Jan
Welp, Twitter's ban evasion policy is about to get tested.
And within seconds, they were gone, already restricted under the terms that Twitter had laid out in its earlier statements.
In his now-unavailable tweets from @POTUS, Trump disclosed negotiations with "various other sites" and a forthcoming announcement, as well as hints of "building out our own platform in the near future."

Seems this could be a part of a potential post-WH Trump media empire.
Read 4 tweets
8 Jan
88 million Twitter followers, gone in an instant. Poof. End of an era.
Twitter said that Trump's final two tweets violated its glorification of violence policy:…
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7 Jan
YouTube tells me it is accelerating its enforcement of voter fraud claims, in a move that could lead to a permanent ban of President Trump.
YouTube last month said it would begin removing new videos that make false claims of voter fraud surrounding the 2020 elections, and that it would begin assigning strikes to channels under its three-strike rule after Jan. 20.

Now the platform is moving that up by two weeks.
The company will now be handing out first strikes for those violations immediately, a penalty that involves a one-week restriction on uploading and live-streaming.
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