January 12, 2021
A Statement from Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
In recent days, major social media companies have come forward to restrict, revoke, or ban President Donald Trump’s accounts on their platforms due to Trump’s inciting the attack on the United States. As of today, YouTube is one of the sole remaining platforms to allow continued use and access for Trump and his followers who violently sieged the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
NHMC is dissatisfied with YouTube’s decision to amplify disinformation and fuel the ongoing planning and organizing of domestic terrorist acts of insurrection.
At NHMC, we know that words can be dangerous–particularly words of hate and violence. Online hate and conspiracy theories manifest into in-person hate, violence, and domestic terror.
YouTube’s continued delay in action on this matter speaks volumes. Lives and the democracy of the United States of America is at stake.
I urge Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc and its subsidiary Google, and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, to act swiftly and firmly and ban Donald Trump from its platform indefinitely.
Yours in the Movement,
Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition