YouTube is restoring Donald Trump’s access to the video-sharing platform, two years after his account was suspended for the former President’s role in the January 6th riot on the US Capitol. “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(Opens in a new window) in lifting the suspension. (Trump has already declared he plans on running for US President in 2024.) YouTube originally enacted the suspension over concerns Trump would use the video-sharing platform to incite more unrest, following the Jan.
6th attack on the Capitol. However, the restriction was always meant to be temporary. “We will lift the suspension of the Donald Trump channel when we determine the risk of violence has decreased,” YouTube’s former CEO Susan Wojcicki said back in March 2021.
Although YouTube is lifting the suspension, the platform said it could restrict the account again if Trump breaks the rules.
YouTube currently has policies(Opens in a new window) that forbid users from promoting false claims about past elections. However, a user has to receive three strikes(Opens in a new window) within a 90-day period for YouTube to terminate their channel.Read more on pcmag.com