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Donald Trump is posting on Facebook and YouTube for the first time since his suspension in 2021

Donald Trump posted a video on Facebook and YouTube on Friday, his first since his suspension in 2021. He was banned from these social networks for encouraging his supporters during the attack on Congress in Washington.

Donald Trump posted on Facebook and YouTube this Friday for the first time since his suspension in 2021. He released a pitch from his campaign for the 2024 presidential election. We see an old video in which he says: “Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business”. Title: “I’m Back”.

Earlier in the day, online video platform YouTube announced the end of Donald Trump’s suspension, two years after the former US president was expelled following an attack on Capitol Hill.

“As of today, the Donald J. Trump channel is no longer subject to censorship,” the American giant said on Twitter.

To justify its decision, YouTube on Friday assessed the “risk of violence” while taking into account the importance, for voters, of hearing “equally from mainstream national candidates”.

Late January announcement for Meta

Social media giant Meta announced in late January that it would “end its suspension” of Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks. Until now, he has communicated mainly through his own platform, Truth Social.

“The public needs to hear what politicians have to say so they can make informed choices,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s head of international affairs, said in a statement.

“But that doesn’t mean there are no limits to what people can say on our platform. Public debate – we take action,” he said.

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The former US president was removed from the social network on January 7, 2021 while still in power, an unprecedented decision, for encouraging his supporters during the attack on Congress the previous day in Washington. Time of most major social networks, including Twitter.

He was reinstated on Twitter in November

In June 2021, Facebook decided that the exemption would last two years and that the Republican billionaire could return once “threats to public safety” had “disappeared.”

The suspension “should never happen again to a sitting president or anyone who doesn’t deserve sanctions!”, Donald Trump responded from his account on Truth Social, the social network he launched last year.

In January, the former president asked if he could officially return to Facebook. His attorney sent a letter to Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging him not to “silence the presidential candidate.”

On November 19, 2022, four days after announcing his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, the politician was already added back to Twitter. He has not yet published on this social network.

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