YouTube Lifts Ban On Donald Trump After Evaluating ‘Risk Of Real-World Violence’
YouTube lifted a ban on Donald Trump on Friday, allowing the former president to post new content on the video sharing site. Trump had been banned from posting new videos on the platform after he directed a failed coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“Starting today, the Donald J. Trump channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content. 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,” YouTube said in a tweet on Friday.
“This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube,” the company continued.
Trump was banned from YouTube after trying to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election by Congress with a mob of thousands that had assembled in Washington D.C. for a so-called “Stop the Steal” rally. The former president claimed without evidence that the election had been stolen from him by President Joe Biden.
Other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have also lifted their bans on Trump, though the former president hasn’t yet posted to those platforms. Trump has an exclusive deal to post content first on the social media platform he created, Truth Social, which has struggled to acquire users.
Trump has not yet posted any new content to YouTube as of Friday.