YouTube restores Trump’s channel

Saturday, Mar 18, 2023

WASHINGTON: YouTube is reinstating former US president Donald Trump´s account, the video-sharing platform said on Friday, more than two years after he was banned over the US Capitol insurrection.

The 76-year-old Republican leader -- who is running for president again -- has been unable to post any content and his 2.6 million followers were blocked from commenting on old videos. YouTube benched Trump days after the January 6, 2021 insurrection, when a mob of his supporters seeking to halt the certification of his election defeat to Joe Biden stormed the US Capitol in Washington.

He was suspended for posting content that the platform said incited unrest, adding that he would be allowed to return when “the risk of violence has decreased.” The former reality TV star had spent weeks falsely claiming that the presidential election was stolen from him and he was subsequently impeached for inciting the riot.

“Starting today, the Donald J. Trump channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content,” YouTube said in a statement. “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 is the latest of several social media platforms that have restored Trump´s accounts after they were frozen in the wake of the insurrection. Social networking giant Meta announced in January it was reinstating Trump´s accounts on Facebook and Instagram with “new guardrails.”