Steve Bannon suspended from Twitter, faces YouTube removal after urging violence against US officials
Steve Bannon, Trump’s former top adviser, has been suspended from Twitter and had a YouTube removed after he called for the beheading of Anthony Fauci and Christopher Wray.
Bannon urged violence against the nation’s leading coronavirus expert and the FBI director on his “war room” show where he asserted that the president would win re-election and that he should fire the two officials in his second term, Media Matters reported. Bannon then said: “I’d put the heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you’re gone – time to stop playing games.”
YouTube took down the episode today, though the channel remains up. A spokesperson told TechCrunch that it removed the video for “violating our policy against inciting violence”. The company did not immediately respond to the Guardian’s inquiry about its decision to keep the channel running. Bannon’s Twitter account was also taken down, and the company told the tech news site that it was “permanently suspended” for violating rules against glorifying violence.
Social media corporations have faced intense pressure to remove harmful content and misinformation surrounding the election. Facebook took down a pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” group earlier today due to “calls for violence”:
It’s happened before, but the decision by three TV networks to cut away from Trump’s speech has come as a surprise to many, given the president was addressing the nation on the evening the election may be called.
But Trump’s lies about the election result proved too much. Here was how the moment played out on MSNBC, with host Brian Williams saying, “It was not rooted in reality – and at this point, where our country is, it’s dangerous”:
Over on CNBC, Trump’s remarks cut to Shep Smith who said: “What the president of the United States is saying, in large part, is absolutely untrue.”
The move by the major networks has been mostly received praise from everyone aside from Trump supporters, it would seem:
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