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YouTube reinstates Trump's account ahead of 2024 campaign

Posted at 12:10 PM, Mar 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-17 14:30:11-04

YouTube on Friday lifted restrictions on former President Donald Trump's account that have been in place since the weeks after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Trump could begin uploading new content for his 2.65 million subscribers on the platform as of Friday, the company said. For the last two years, Trump had been prevented from uploading new videos for violating the platform's policies on inciting violence.

"We carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, while balancing the chance for voters to hear equally from major national candidates in the run up to an election," YouTube said in a statement. "This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube."

The decision means the former president's accounts on three major social media platforms have been restored ahead of the 2024 election. Twitter and Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, both suspended Trump's accounts after Jan. 6 and have restored them in recent months.

Trump, who has tens of millions of followers on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has not posted on the platforms since being reinstated, instead preferring to post on his own social network, Truth Social.