Steve Bannon, an adviser to the former president and right-wing expert, has been banned from Twitter and videos on YouTube have been deleted after high-profile calls for violence against FBI Director Christopher Wray and the government’s leading epidemiologist, Dr Anthony Fauci.
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Speaking to co-host Jack Maxey about “what he should do in his second term if Trump is re-elected,” Bannon suggested firing Wray and Fauci immediately, then said: “I actually want to go back to Tudor-era England, so I can put my hand on both corners of the White House and warn federal officials.”
Whether it’s nostalgia for the past mob justice or a looming current, Bannon’s comments are enough to get YouTube and Twitter to block it. Twitter confirmed that it would “permanently suspend” the account, which can be appealed but not automatically restored, because it violates a policy of glorifying violence.
After sparking attention, YouTube removed all video content from Steve Bannon’s War Room channel on Wednesday afternoon. A representative for the platform said: “We have removed the video because it violates our policy of inciting violence. We will continue to implement our policies during the post-election period in order to remain vigilant”.
Online platforms have been trying to find the line between moderation and over moderation. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and others have taken different steps, from preemptively turning off features to quietly banning tags. Facebook today removed a group of more than 300,000 members who were amplifying mis-information about the election.