Big Tech video giant YouTube announced it is suspending President Donald Trump’s channel for at least a week regarding an unspecified video it claims incites violence. This is the second time the President’s YouTube channel has seen a video removed following the Capitol building protests on January 6.
In addition to the current one-week ban, the President’s channel could face extended suspension. A YouTube statement reported by CNN states “in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, the channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days—which may be extended.”
The suspension also includes other limitations from YouTube, according to the statement’s linked support page. Comments are also currently disabled for both the channel and for viewers.
The President’s 2.77 million subscribers will now be forced to follow Trump’s videos elsewhere. However, in the past two weeks YouTube has served as just one of many digital outlets to suspend or ban President Trump. Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Instagram, Snapchat, Shopify, and at least one of his email providers have ended services to the President.
Credit card processing firm Stripe has now joined in the free speech attack on the President as well. The company refuses to process online transactions for his campaign websites.
By the way, the free speech attack on the President is no longer limited to our commander and chief. In addition, corporate America is now joining Big Tech to punish anyone who questions the 2020 election results. Marriott, General Electric, American Express, AT&T, and an expanding list of other companies are now threatening to end campaign contributions to any Congress member or Senator who challenged the electoral vote.
Chemical company Dow has taken an even more extreme approach in its attacks. They have now reported “immediately suspending all corporate and employee political action committee (PAC) contributions to any member of Congress who voted to object to the certification of the presidential election. This suspension will remain in place through the duration of their respective terms of office…” This would mean up to six years of withholding contributions.
And now Hallmark — the same company featuring the cozy Christmas movies and makers of America’s greeting cards — has asked Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall to return PAST contributions. Apparently, punishing conservatives holds no time limitations, past, present, or future.
And if you think politicians are the only target, it’s time to wake up. Conservative social media network Parler and its millions of members was shut down within days of the Capitol building protest.
Facebook and Twitter have already promised to delete ANY content that mentions “stop the steal” or questions the presidential election results. The free speech attack is not only about President Trump. It’s about you.
We now face the challenge of either falling back or boldly standing for our American freedoms. Freedom isn’t free, and it’s about to cost more than ever to truly stand for what we believe.