UNITED STATES: On Friday, former US President, Donald Trump posted on YouTube and Facebook about his return to the media platforms, both of which he used to strengthen his political groundwork. He was banned from both of these platforms on January 6, 2021, in light of the chastising comments on Congress made by his followers.
He was banned by Youtube in light of violating the policy by preaching violence, following his supporters who protested at the US Capitol with Congress hoping for Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.
Both the posts on his Facebook and Youtube accounts said “I’m back,” portraying a news video that mentioned Trump’s election as president in the 2016 elections against Hilary Clinton. YouTube, which is handled by Alphabet Inc., approved and restored Trump’s channel in the first half of Friday. Earlier this year, Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were back on track. Trump’s Twitter account was back on track in November as the platform got handled by a new owner, Elon Musk.
Youtube mentioned in a tweet, in line with his tactic in getting back his account, “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.”
Implementing his political strategy on social media, Trump gained significant clout during his 2016 presidential campaign. His access to these media platforms has given him exposure to important departments like political fundraising, permitting him to reach a total of 146 billion followers overall across the three top media platforms.
With his upcoming presidential election campaign in 2024, his campaign spokesperson stated to a news outlet that his return to Facebook “will be an important tool for the 2024 campaign to reach voters.”
Trump started Truth Social in 2021, where he had close to 5 million followers, a platform created for him where he could converse with his allies while he was banned from Twitter and Meta.
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