Donald Trump has finally returned to Facebook and YouTube after a more than two-year ban. The restrictions were imposed in the wake of the January 6 insurrection, when Trump’s supporters violently stormed the US Capitol in a bid to halt the peaceful transition of power.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 18, 2023 07:44 IST
Former President Donald Trump’s YouTube account is seen after being restored by Google (Credits: Reuters)
By India Today World Desk: Former US President Donald Trump’s YouTube and Facebook accounts were restored on Friday after the same were cut off following the January 6, 2021 attack on Congress by his followers. Trump’s YouTube was banned for violating its policy against inciting violence after his supporters stormed the US Capitol as Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
The Friday posts on his Facebook page and YouTube channel were titled “I’M BACK!”.
A video on his page also showed Trump’s election as president in the 2016 race against Hillary Clinton. It then fades to a ‘Trump 2024’ screen.
“Sorry to keep you waiting,” Trump could be seen saying in the video.
YouTube restored Trump’s channel earlier on Friday. Meta Platforms had reinstated Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts earlier this year.
His Twitter account was reinstated in November by the platform’s new owner, Elon Musk, but Trump has yet to post on Twitter.
TRUMP’s SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Trump powered his improbable 2016 presidential campaign through his use of social media. His return gives him access to key vehicles for political fundraising, allowing him to reach a combined 146 million followers across three major tech platforms as he makes another run for the presidency in 2024.
“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 tweet, referring to its move to restore his account.
In January, his campaign spokesman told Fox News Digital that being back on Facebook “will be an important tool for the 2024 campaign to reach voters.”
The former president founded his own social media platform called Truth Social in late 2021, which he relied on to communicate with supporters during his ban from Twitter and Meta.
Trump’s return to YouTube and Facebook happened just as the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is considering criminal charges related to hush-money payments made to a porn star during Trump’s 2016 campaign, charges that Trump and his allies are arguing without evidence are politically motivated.
Trump also faces a $250 million civil fraud lawsuit brought by New York state, alleging a decade-long scheme to manipulate more than 200 asset valuations and Trump’s net worth to win better terms from banks and insurers.
Trump has called the suit a witch hunt.
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