Former President Donald Trump’s YouTube channel has been restored more than two years after the streaming platform suspended him following the events of January 6, 2021.
Leslie Miller, YouTube’s vice president of public policy, told Fox News:
“Starting today, The Donald J. Trump 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 added.
“This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube.”
However, YouTube did not specify whether the videos it took action on and deleted on Trump’s channel would be restored.
But according to a report from Axios, “those videos will not be restored” on Trump’s channel.
Restoring Trump’s channel will allow the 2024 GOP presidential candidate to buy ads on the platform, provided they align with YouTube’s policies.
On January 13, 2021, YouTube suspended Trump’s channel, citing “concerns about the ongoing potential for violence.”
At the time, the President was prevented from uploading new content, and YouTube also removed some of the new content from the site.
Over a week later, on January 27, the Google-owned video platform announced Trump’s YouTube channel would “remain suspended,” highlighting an “ongoing potential for violence” in the wake of the Capitol protests on January 6.
The censorship didn’t end there, however, as YouTube continued prohibiting certain content featuring remarks from Trump.
Last year, Trumpp blasted YouTube after it removed a wide-ranging video interview he conducted with the Full Send Podcast.
“Whatever happened to free speech in our Country? Incredibly, but not surprisingly, the Big Tech lunatics have taken down my interview with the very popular NELK Boys so that nobody can watch it or in any way listen to it,” Trump said in a statement released by his Save America PAC.
The news comes just over a month after Meta announced it would restore Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Earlier this year, Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced he had restored Trump’s account,
But Trump is yet to post on any of those platforms, sticking firmly with his highly successful Truth Social platform.