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YouTube is the latest major tech company to fail to ban U.S. President Donald Trump from posting to its platforms after the Capitol riot last week.

U.S. civil rights groups will stage an advertiser boycott of Alphabet’s YouTube if they do not remove President Donald Trump’s channel, the groups told Reuters news agency.

Jim Steyer, one of the organizers of the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign that led more than 1,000 advertisers to boycott Facebook in July, said the groups were asking YouTube to remove Trump’s verified YouTube channel, which counts 2.76 million subscribers.

YouTube is the latest major tech company that hasn’t banned Trump from posting on its platforms. Facebook, Twitter and Snap Inc have all blocked Trump after supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, killing five.

Trump’s YouTube channel gives him the opportunity to continue spreading false information that the US election has been stolen, Steyer said.

Trump’s verified YouTube channel posted eight new videos on Tuesday.

YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

YouTube told groups it was considering the requests but had yet to act, Steyer said.

“If YouTube doesn’t agree with us and joins other platforms in banning Trump, we’re going to go see the advertisers,” he added.

“We join our coalition partners in calling on YouTube to take decisive action to help stop the spread of hatred by shutting down Trump’s account,” the NAACP said in a statement to Reuters.

The NAACP, Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change, along with Steyer’s group, Common Sense Media, were among the organizers of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, which had recruited major advertisers, including Verizon Communications and Unilever, to remove their ads from Facebook because of hate. speech problems.


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