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YouTube extends Trump’s suspension, blocks Rudy Giuliani from profiting off videos

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Former President Donald Trump’s YouTube channel will remain suspended indefinitely, Politico reports.

YouTube banned Trump from its platform Jan. 12 following the U.S. Capitol attack. Last week, YouTube extended the suspension for at least one week before the indefinite suspension was announced Tuesday.

“In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended,” YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said in a statement obtained by Politico. “Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.”

YouTube has also restricted Trump adviser and lawyer Rudy Giuliani from earning money off his videos.

Last week, Giuliani was suspended from YouTube’s Partner Program for at least 30 days, prohibiting him from profiting off of ads that run on his videos.

YouTube accused Giuliani of violating its policies by repeatedly sharing election misinformation.

According to YouTube community guidelines, “spam, scams, or other manipulated media, coordinated influence operations, and any content that seeks to incite violence” are prohibited. Content “alleging widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical U.S. Presidential election” are also prohibited. However, they do allow “controversial views on the outcome or process of counting votes of a current election.”

“We welcome ongoing debate and discussion and will keep engaging with experts, researchers and organizations to ensure that our policies and products are meeting that goal,” YouTube said.

Giuliani can appeal the suspension with YouTube or reapply to the program after 30 days, the company said.

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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