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Ex-Trump aide Bannon sanctioned by platforms over violence call

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Twitter banned an account associated with Steve Bannon, a former Donald Trump aide, over calling for violence against federal officials
Twitter banned an account associated with Steve Bannon, a former Donald Trump aide, over calling for violence against federal officials

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

The @WarRoomPandemic account was "permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules, specifically our policy on the glorification of violence," a statement from the social media platform said.

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

Bannon tweeted that he would "put the heads on pikes" of the officials, 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've removed this video for violating our policy against inciting violence. We will continue to be vigilant as we enforce our policies in the post-election period," YouTube spokesperson Alex Joseph said in a statement.

But YouTube stopped short of banning the account, saying the platform was enforcing a "three strikes" rule and that the Bannon channel was still active, but barred from uploading new content for a week.

Bannon, a former top Trump strategist, was pushed 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 Mexico 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 construction of a southern border barrier but was siphoned off instead.

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