More than two years after blocking then-President Donald Trump from posting new content to his YouTube channel, the platform has reversed course and will once again allow the former president to upload videos.
Axios reported that the video platform’s vice president of public policy, Leslie Miller, noted that the channel “is no longer restricted and the ability to upload new content is restored.”
“We carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, balancing that with the importance of preserving the opportunity for voters to hear equally from major national candidates in the run up to an election,” she said, according to the outlet. “This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube.”
Comments had also been disabled on Trump’s videos, but that has also apparently been lifted, as people have been leaving comments on Friday.
YouTube, like other platforms, took action against Trump’s account in January 2021 — but the platforms have been reversing course.
Twitter reinstated Trump last year after billionaire business tycoon Elon Musk acquired the company. Meta announced in January 2023 that it would “be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks.”
Trump, who announced in November 2022 that he is running for president again, has been communicating with supporters by sharing content on Truth Social. While he has not yet posted any content on Twitter since regaining access, he returned to YouTube and Facebook on Friday, sharing a video clip from his 2016 election victory speech along with the message, “I’M BACK!”
Other figures, including Vivek Ramaswamy and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, are challenging Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has not announced a presidential run, is widely viewed as a figure who may throw his hat into the ring. Earlier this week, GOP Rep. Chip Roy of Texas issued a full-throated endorsement of the Sunshine State governor: “It’s time for Ron DeSantis to be President of the United States,” Roy declared.
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