After a more than two-year suspension following the tragic Capitol Hill brawl on January 6, 2021, YouTube, owned by Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc., announced on Friday that it had removed restrictions on the former US President Donald Trump’s channel.
As he considers another bid for the presidency in 2024, Trump now has access to crucial tools for political funding and the capacity to connect with his 146 million followers across the three major tech platforms.
“We carefully considered the ongoing threat of actual violence while balancing the opportunity for voters to hear fairly from key national contenders in the lead-up to an election.” About the change, YouTube stated in a tweet.
Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were reopened by Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ:META) early this year, and in November, Elon Musk, the new owner, restored his Twitter account.
Requests for comment from Trump’s campaign staff were not immediately fulfilled.
After Trump’s fans stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress started recognizing Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, the video streaming service banned Trump in 2021 for breaking its policy against encouraging violence.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is considering filing criminal charges, which Trump and his supporters claim are politically motivated without providing any supporting evidence, and at the same time, Trump is regaining access to social media accounts that he used during the 2016 presidential campaign and during his time in office to lash out at opponents and grow his fan base.
On Twitter or the platforms held by Meta, the former president has not yet posted anything. Instead, he has remained on his Truth Social network, which he created in late 2021 and has about 5 million followers.
Trump’s statements on Truth Social are cited by those who oppose his comeback as evidence that he still poses the same risk that prompted several social media networks to remove him in the first place.
The state of New York has also filed a $250 million civil fraud case against Trump. To obtain better terms from banks and insurers, the lawsuit alleges a decade-long plot to manipulate the values of more than 200 assets and Trump’s net worth. Trump referred to the lawsuit as a witch hunt.