CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS WANT TRUMP’S YOU TUBE CHANNEL REMOVED
US civil rights groups will organize an advertiser boycott against Alphabet’s YouTube if it does not remove President Donald Trump’s channel, the groups told Sheila Dang of Reuters.
Jim Steyer, one of the organizers of the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign which led over 1,000 advertisers to boycott Facebook in July, said the groups are demanding YouTube take down Trump’s verified YouTube channel, which has 2.76 million subscribers.
The NAACP, Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change along with Steyer’s group Common Sense Media, are among the organizers of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, which had recruited major advertisers including Verizon Communications and Unilever to pull their ads from Facebook over hate speech/concerns.
YouTube is the last major tech company that has not banned Trump from posting on its platforms. Facebook, Twitter and Snap, Inc, have all blocked Trump after supporters of the president stormed the US Capitol last week, leading to five deaths.
Trump’s YouTube channel gives him the opportunity to continue spreading false information that the US election was stolen, Steyer said. On Tuesday, Trump’s YouTube channel posted eight new videos, including one in which Trump told reporters “I think Big Tech has made a terrible mistake” by blocking him. YouTube has told the groups it is considering the demands but has yet to act, Steyer said.
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