Former Trump aide Bannon sanctioned by platforms over call for violence

Twitter said on Friday it had permanently banned an account created by former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon that called for the execution of federal officials during this week’s post-election social media turmoil.

The @WarRoomPandemic account has been “permanently suspended for violating the Twitter rules, specifically our policy on glorifying violence,” a statement from the social media platform read.

Before the account was blocked, it included a call from Bannon to cut off the heads of FBI Director Christopher Wray and top pandemic official Anthony Fauci.

Bannon tweeted that he would “put his head on pikes” from public servants, in a reference to Tudor-era England as “a warning to federal bureaucrats”.

A video with the same message was also removed from YouTube, the Google-owned platform said.

“We removed this video for violating our policy against incitement to violence. We will continue to be vigilant as we enforce our policies in the post-election period,” YouTube spokesperson Alex Joseph said. , in a press release.

But YouTube did not ban the account, saying the platform had a “three strikes” rule and the Bannon channel was still active but banned from uploading new content for a week.

Bannon, a former top Trump strategist, was kicked out of the White House in 2017 after frequent clashes with other officials.

Earlier this year, Bannon was arrested for allegedly defrauding donors to a Mexican border wall fundraising campaign. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and another of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prosecutors said the online crowdfunding campaign known as ‘We Build the Wall’ raised more than $25 million, which the defendants promised would go towards building a barrier southern border, but were diverted instead.


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