YouTube allows ex-President Trump’s channel to upload videos ahead of 2024 election

Fort Washington, MD - March 4 : Former President Donald J. Trump speaks to a select group of media during a press conference before speaking on the third and final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Saturday, March 04, 2023, in Fort Washington, MD. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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YouTube allows ex-President Trump's channel to upload videos ahead of 2024 election

Jonah Valdez

March 17, 2023



reinstated former President


Trump’s channel, allowing him to upload videos ahead of the 2024 presidential election, the video platform announced Friday.

A host of social media sites


banned Trump from

their platforms after its platoforms since

the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the


Capitol. YouTube had cited “concerns about the ongoing potential for violence” and violation of its “policies for inciting violence.”

In its decision to reverse course, YouTube

which is owned by Google

acknowledged it had considered such threat of violence


but wanted to give voters a fair opportunity to hear from major presidential candidates

, echoing . The move echoed

a similar decision from Meta Platforms, which in January let Trump back on


Facebook and Instagram. Trump announced his 2024 run in November.

“Starting today, the Donald J. Trump channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content,” YouTube said in a statement on Twitter. “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.”

“This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube,” YouTube added.

Shortly after

it was being

reinstated, Trump’s channel uploaded a campaign commercial


titled, “I’M BACK!”

and The spot

features news footage of Trump speaking to a crowd on

the 2016

election night

in 2016

. Trump also posted the video to his Facebook

page, account,

its first activity in more than two years.

“Sorry to keep you waiting complicating business,” Trump said in the archived footage




an advertisement


for the campaign’s texting service.

In December, the House panel investigating the

events of

Jan. 6


recommended that Trump be criminally prosecuted for his role in the insurrection, in which a mob violently attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Even so, Trump is considered a front

runner in the Republican primary race.

He has not yet been charged.

Twitter, which had also banned Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection, reinstated


in November after

new owner and chief executiveits CEO

Elon Musk

polled users about whether the former POTUS should be brought back.held a poll for users.

Twitter had been Trump’s preferred platform

in communicating with the public

during his presidency. However,

the Truth Social founderTrump

has not used his


account since it was reactivated; his last tweet

was coming

days after the Capitol attack.



was reinstated on Twitter


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) responded to Musks poll by tweeting video of the

Jan. 6 insurrection attack on the Capitol.

She tweeted that when Trump was last on Twitter,

the siteit

was used to incite an insurrection, multiple people died, the Vice President of the United States was nearly assassinated, and hundreds were injured but I guess thats not enough for you to answer the question. Twitter poll it is.