- Sacha Baron Cohen called on YouTube and Google to suspend Donald Trump’s YouTube account
- Cohen urged the tech giants to do the “right thing” and save democracy
- Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have already blocked Trump from their respective social media platforms
Sacha Baron Cohen wants outgoing President Donald Trump banned from every social media platform.
After Twitter, Facebook and Instagram suspended the president from their respective platforms following the Capitol Hill riots, the actor is now hoping for YouTube to fall in line and ban Trump’s account as others have done.
Taking to Twitter, the 49-year-old actor urged officials at Alphabet, namely YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, to suspend Trump’s account from their video-sharing platform and do the “right thing” for America’s democracy.
“Virtually every social media company has removed Trump…EXCEPT for YouTube. Trump’s YouTube channel is STILL showing videos of his election lies to MILLIONS of people! Retweet and tell @Google, @sundapichai, @YouTube, @SusanWojcicki – do the right thing #BanTrumpSaveDemocracy,” Cohen wrote on Twitter.
In another tweet, the “Borat” star called YouTube the new “Trump TV” and slammed the companies running ads on videos that allegedly incited the rioters to storm the Capitol.
“YouTube is the new Trump TV. Trump’s YouTube Channel shows +4,000 Trump videos, including ‘stop the steal’ and calls ‘to fight!’ Corporate America–WHY are you running your ads on You Tube Trump TV?! RT to tell @Google, @YouTube, @SusanWojcicki. #BanTrumpSaveDemocracy,” Cohen tweeted.
Apart from Cohen, actress Amy Schumer also slammed the tech giants for not taking any action on Trump’s account and noted that these companies are giving the president a platform to spread “lies and conspiracies.”
Other notable personalities like Chelsea Handler, Judd Apatow, Monica Lewinsky and Lawrence O’Donnell also shared the same sentiment and made their voices heard.
“We all need to pressure and retweet @YouTube, @SusanWojcicki to stop the spread of disinformation,” Handler wrote while quoting Cohen’s tweet.
This is not the first time that the “Trial of the Chicago 7” star has spoken out against the outgoing president. Recently, the Golden Globe winner admitted that he decided to revive Borat because of Trump’s presidency.
In an interview with Variety, Cohen revealed that he saw a lot of threats to democracy under the Trump administration and thought it was the perfect time to resurrect the character.
“I felt the democracy was in peril. I felt people’s lives were in peril and I felt compelled to finish the movie,” Variety quoted Cohen as saying.
Here are other celebrities supporting Cohen’s demand to have Trump banned from YouTube: