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Unique: Civil rights teams demand Google take away Trump’s YouTube channel By Reuters

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By Sheila Dang

(Reuters) – U.S. civil rights teams will manage an advertiser boycott towards Alphabet (NASDAQ:)’s YouTube if it doesn’t take away President Donald Trump’s channel, the teams advised Reuters.

Jim Steyer, one of many organizers of the “Cease Hate for Revenue” marketing campaign which led over 1,000 advertisers to boycott Fb (NASDAQ:) in July, mentioned the teams are demanding YouTube take down Trump’s verified YouTube channel, which has 2.76 million subscribers.

YouTube is the final main tech firm that has not banned Trump from posting on its platforms. Fb, Twitter and Snap Inc (NYSE:) have all blocked Trump after supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol final week, main to 5 deaths.

Trump’s YouTube channel provides him the chance to proceed spreading false data that the U.S. election was stolen, Steyer mentioned.

On Tuesday, Trump’s verified YouTube channel posted eight new movies.

YouTube didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

YouTube has advised the teams it’s contemplating the calls for however has but to behave, Steyer mentioned.

“If YouTube doesn’t agree with us and be part of the opposite platforms in banning Trump, we will go to the advertisers,” he added.

“We take part with our coalition companions and ask that YouTube act decisively to assist cease the unfold of hate by shutting Trump’s account down,” mentioned the NAACP in a press release to Reuters.

The NAACP, Anti-Defamation League and Shade of Change together with Steyer’s group Widespread Sense Media, are among the many organizers of the Cease Hate for Revenue marketing campaign, which had recruited main advertisers together with Verizon Communications (NYSE:) and Unilever (NYSE:) to drag their adverts from Fb over hate speech considerations.

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