Two years after Big Tech colluded to deplatform former President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, one of the largest social media plaforms has finally decided to reinstate his account.
Axios reported in a ‘scoop’ that Donald Trump’s YouTube account has been restored.
“YouTube will lift its restrictions on former President Trump’s channel Friday,” Axios reported, citing a company spokesperson.
On Friday, YouTube’s vice president of public policy Leslie Miller told Axios that beginning March 17, the Donald J. Trump channel “is no longer restricted and the ability to upload new content is restored.”
“We carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, balancing that with the importance of preserving the opportunity for voters to hear equally from major national candidates in the run up to an election,” Miller said.
“This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube.”
The Axios report added that restrictions have prevented Trump from posting videos for his 2.6 million followers for over two years. YouTube had initially suspended Trump’s account in January 2021 after the Capitol riots on January 6, claiming that his account had violated its policies for posting content that incited calls to violence. It subsequently contended that “the risk of violence has decreased.”
YouTube is owned by Alphabet, the same company that owns search engine titan Google.
Ahead of the 2024 election, more Big Tech platforms are reviving Donald Trump’s accounts that were frozen in the wake of the January 6
Meta reinstated Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts last month following a two-year suspension. Elon Musk also reinstated Trump’s account on Twitter.
This is the latest video posted on Donald Trump’s account. It was uploaded on January 12, 2021. Watch: