YouTube has reinstated former President Donald Trump’s @realDonaldTrump channel, which was suspended over two years ago in the aftermath of the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. The company released a statement confirming the move, following similar actions taken by Twitter and Meta, Facebook’s parent company, in recent months. However, Trump has yet to resume posting on those platforms.
The announcement coincides with Trump’s fall 2022 statement, in which he expressed his intention to run for president again in 2024. YouTube emphasized that Trump’s channel will continue to be subject to its policies, just like any other channel on the platform. The company operates a strike policy that involves escalating suspensions based on the number and severity of violations.
YouTube suspended Trump’s channel in the wake of the Capitol riot, citing a video that violated its policy against inciting violence. Although YouTube was not Trump’s primary social platform, his account had more than 2.6 million subscribers, and the restoration of his channel will provide him with access to the massive video streaming platform once again.