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YouTube reinstates Donald Trump’s account two years after suspension


YouTube has reinstated former US President Donald Trump’s channel after suspending it two years ago. The account was suspended one week after the infamous invasion of the Capitol building in 2021.

YouTube said at the time that the channel had broken its rules over incitement to violence. Around the same period, the former President had his Twitter and Facebook accounts suspended over similar charges.

Donald J. Trump’s channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content,” YouTube wrote in a tweet. “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 account has 2.64 million subscribers and over four thousand videos. This move could boost his reelection bid, as he could use it in the ongoing campaigns. In 2020, Trump reportedly spent  $10 million on digital ads in key states.

The former president launched his social media platform known as Truth Social which he says is meant to address “canceling culture.”

Since Trump’s Twitter account was launched by Elon Musk last November, he hasn’t been active on the platform. He is yet to comment on the reinstatement of his YouTube account and observers will be keen to see how he runs the platform going forward.

“This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube,” the company said in a Tweet.

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