Donald Trump is back on Facebook and YouTube – DW – 03/18/2023
Former US President Donald Trump on Friday, March 17, he returned to the social network Facebook and YouTube video hosting, publishing the first posts after a two-year ban. In posts on both platforms, he wrote “I’m back!” and posted a video of his victory in the 2016 presidential election, where he says: “Sorry to keep you waiting. Tough question.” At the end of the video there is an announcement of his new presidential campaign in 2024, with the same slogan “Make America great again!” (“Make America great again!”).
On YouTube, Trump’s video at the time of writing this news, that is, approximately seven hours after its publication, gained over 200 thousand views. The Facebook post published at the same time has approximately 470 thousand views and 112 thousand likes.
YouTube reinstated Trump’s account earlier in the day. The company posted a tweet in which it explained that it had “thoroughly assessed the ongoing risk of real-world violence” while also considering it important to give voters the opportunity to hear equally from the mainstream candidates in the run-up to the election.
Facebook and Instagram accounts of the ex-president were restored at the beginning of February. Meta’s president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said that if Trump broke the rules again, he would face the threat of a two-year ban. Twitter unblocks Trump’s account back in November 2022 – after the new owner of the microblogging service Elon Musk held a user vote on this issue.
Trump was blocked after the storming of the Capitol
In January 2021, after storming the capitol, the largest social networks blocked the pages of the politician, accusing him of creating “risks of inciting violence.” The reason for the assault was the disagreement of Trump’s supporters with the results of the US presidential election, as a result of which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. The populist Republican himself refused to recognize the results of the vote. In December 2022 congressional committee called for him to be prosecuted for storming the Capitol.
Donald Trump announced his intention to participate in the next elections at the end of January. At the beginning of March he won voter poll at US Conference of Conservative Circles (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, with 62 percent of the vote.