After getting banned for more than two years due to the US Capitol uprising, Donald Trump published his first messages on his restored Facebook and YouTube accounts.
Trump declared: “Sorry to keep you waiting — complicated business” in a 12-second video clip that appeared to show him delivering his victory speech after winning the 2016 election.
The 76-year-old leader of the Republican Party, who is running for president once more, hasn’t been able to share anything for his 2.6 million YouTube subscribers and 34 million Facebook fans.
Days after the January 6, 2021 uprising, when a crowd of Trump’s followers stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC, to prevent the certification of his election loss to Joe Biden, the platforms benched Trump.
Trump was sanctioned for posting content that the platforms said incited unrest, with YouTube announcing his reinstatement on Friday, two months after Facebook said it was unlocking his account.
The former reality TV star had spent weeks falsely claiming that the presidential election was stolen from him, and he was subsequently impeached for inciting the riot.
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The Donald J. Trump channel is no longer restricted and is able to post new material, according to a statement from YouTube.
In the run-up to an election, “we carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, while balancing the chance for voters to hear equally from major national candidates.”
Social networking giant Meta announced in January it was reinstating Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram with “new guardrails.”
His Twitter account, which has 87 million followers, was also blocked after the riot, leaving him to communicate through Truth Social, where he has fewer than five million followers.
New Twitter owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump last November, days after he announced a fresh White House run, but he has yet to post.