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YouTube Reinstates Trump After Two Years

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Donald Trump is back on YouTube. Credit: Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA-3.0/Wikipedia

YouTube reinstated Donald Trump’s ban after a two-year suspension following the Capitol Hill riot.

“Starting today, the Donald J. Trump channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content,” YouTube said in a statement Friday.

“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.”

Trump’s channel on YouTube has 2.6 million followers. The most recent videos uploaded to it (on Jan. 12, 2021) are clips from the far-right OANN (One America News Network) coverage of a Trump press conference on the border wall in Texas.

YouTube banned Trump for violating policy

On Jan. 12, 2021, YouTube said it determined that Trump’s channel violated the site’s policy against inciting violence and the video giant suspended his channel for an indeterminate period.

YouTube’s suspension of the ex-president’s channel came less than a week after he praised and encouraged a mob of supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in order to disrupt the certification of President Biden’s election victory.

Shortly afterward, then-CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki said the platform would lift the freeze on Trump’s channel only once it determined that “the risk of violence has decreased.”

Trump back on all social platforms

Last fall Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s Twitter account after a poll on the social media platform.

“The people have spoken,” Musk posted to Twitter after his poll concluded there were 51.8 percent ‘yes’ responses. “Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”

The poll had attracted an overwhelming response with votes pouring in at a rate of one million votes per hour.

More than 8.4 million people had responded within hours. According to Musk, over 134 million users saw the poll.

More recently Meta allowed him back on Facebook and Instagram. Trump has claimed he will remain exclusively on Truth Social, the Twitter copycat app launched about a year ago.

Trump joined his own Truth Social in April 2022, posting on a social media platform for the first time in more than a year with a throwback to his now-infamous 2017 typo “covfefe.”

“I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” Trump posted on TRUTH Social Thursday afternoon with a photo of himself in front of his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida.

The hashtag “covfefe” was referring to one of his deleted tweets in 2017 in which he decried the media’s coverage of his administration.

In October 2021, Trump announced that Truth Social meant to create a rival to the big tech companies that have shut him out and denied him the megaphone that was paramount to his national rise.

“I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced. This is unacceptable,” Trump said in a statement, adding that the platform was “founded with a mission to give a voice to all.”

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