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YouTube bans channel of former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka over election claims

  • April 15, 2021

former aide to President Donald Trump, saying it violated the video platform’s presidential election integrity policy.

In a statement obtained by USA TODAY, YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said Gorka’s channel, called America First, received three strikes for violating the policy within the same 90-day period, leading to permanent removal from the platform.

“In accordance with our long standing strikes system, we terminated the channel America First with Sebastian Gorka, for repeated violations of our presidential election integrity policy,” said Choi. “As we’ve publicly shared, our presidential election integrity policy prohibits content uploaded after last year’s safe harbor deadline that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”

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Former Trump administration aide Sebastian Gorka, seen here in 2017, is now banned from YouTube after pushing false claims about the 2020 election.

According to Salon, Gorka was banned for pushing unproven claims the 2020 election was tainted by widespread voter fraud. 

Gorka could not be immediately reached for comment.

The YouTube channel for former President Trump was suspended in January, part of a broader crackdown by the platform and other social media companies in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

such as Snapchat and Twitter banned Trump’s accounts permanently. Meanwhile, Facebook’s Oversight Board is expected to rule on whether Trump can return to that social network after his account was suspended, although the board has not said when they might make a decision.

During a March interview with Frederick Kempe,  the CEO of think tank the Atlantic Council, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the suspension of Trump’s channel would be lifted “when we determine the risk of violence has decreased.”

establishing his own social-media platform, former campaign spokesperson Jason Miller told Fox News in March.

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