U.S. civil rights groups will stage an advertiser boycott of Alphabet’s YouTube if it doesn’t remove President Donald Trump’s channel, the groups told Reuters.
Jim Steyer, one of the organizers of the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign which led to a boycott of over 1,000 advertisers Facebook In July, he said groups are asking YouTube to remove Trump’s verified YouTube channel, which has 2.76 million subscribers. YouTube is the latest big tech company that hasn’t banned Trump from publication on its platforms. Facebook, Twitter and Snap Inc blocked Trump after supporters of the president stormed the United States Capitol last week, resulting in five deaths.
Trump’s YouTube channel gives him the opportunity to continue spreading false information about the US election theft, 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 the groups it is considering requests but has yet to act, Steyer said.
“If YouTube doesn’t agree with us and joins other platforms to ban Trump, we’ll go to advertisers,” he added. “We join our coalition partners and demand that YouTube take decisive action to help stop the spread of hatred by closing Trump’s account,” the NAACP said in a statement to Reuters.
The NAACP, Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change along with Steyer Common Sense Media group are among the organizers of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, which had recruited major advertisers including Verizon Communications and Unilever to withdraw their ads. from Facebook on concerns related to hate speech.
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- YouTube told the groups it is considering requests but has yet to act, Steyer said. “If YouTube doesn’t agree with us and joins other platforms to ban Trump, we’ll go to advertisers,” he added.
- EXCLUSIVE – Civil rights groups are calling on Google to remove Trump’s YouTube channel