YouTube has lifted restrictions on former President Donald Trump’s YouTube account. YouTube announced on Twitter that the channel is no longer restricted and can upload new material. “We carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, while balancing the chance for voters to hear equally from major national candidates in the run up to an election,” it said via the YouTubeInsider account. “This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube.”
Trump was suspended from YouTube after the January 6th, 2021, riot at the US Capitol. The site removed a video that it said violated its policies against inciting violence, and it banned Trump from uploading new content — first for a one-week period and then indefinitely. However, YouTube remained equivocal about whether the ban would be permanent. In May of that year, CEO Susan Wojcicki said the ban would be lifted after the risk of further violent incitement abated.
YouTube’s tweet alludes to the fact that Trump is now an official candidate for the 2024 Republican primary, a role that will put him in the spotlight after years of (very) relative reclusiveness. Its decision comes well after Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all lifted their suspensions on the account.
Trump has stuck in recent months to posting on Truth Social, where he signed a social media exclusivity deal that he’s reportedly trying to wind down. But he resurrected his YouTube account soon after the ban was lifted, posting an 11-second video titled “I’M BACK!” with a news clip from around his victory in the 2016 presidential election. Trump posted the same video to Facebook.
Update 4:45PM ET: Added news that Trump had posted to his newly restored YouTube account.