Gulf News | Trump returns to Facebook and YouTube after a two-year ban

Gulf News | Trump returns to Facebook and YouTube after a two-year ban
Gulf News | Trump returns to Facebook and YouTube after a two-year ban

Washington – (AFP): Former US President Donald Trump on Friday published his first remarks on my platform Facebook and YouTube since suspending his accounts two years ago following the Capitol events. “I’m back,” he wrote, alongside a 12-second video clip of his victory speech After the 2016 elections, he says: “Sorry to keep you waiting – it’s a complicated business.” His words were met with thousands of comments, including “We are glad to see you again” and “Your return is a relief.” Mr. President. ‬

The 76-year-old Republican leader is seeking to run for a second term in 2024. He was unable to post any content to his 34 million followers on Facebook and 2.6 million on YouTube. Trump was excluded from the two platforms in the aftermath of the events of January 6, 2021, when a crowd of his supporters stormed The Capitol building seeking to prevent ’s victory in the presidency from being certified. ‬

He was punished for publishing content that the two platforms deemed disturbing. YouTube reactivated his account on Friday, two months after Facebook announced a similar move. For weeks, the former reality TV star has insisted that the presidential election was stolen from him without providing proof Upon this, an attempt was launched to impeach him for inciting riots. YouTube wrote on Twitter: “As of today, Donald J. Trump is tied up. ‬

He added, “We carefully assessed the continuing risks of violence in the real world, while balancing the chances of voters To hear equally from the main national candidates in the run-up to the elections. ‬

Republican leaders were outraged by Trump’s expulsion from Facebook, while a group of Democrats called the company , Facebook’s parent company, to extend the ban to keep “dangerous and unwarranted election dissenting content from its platform.” ‬

The social media giant announced in January that Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts had been reactivated with New security rules. Scott Gast, Trump’s lawyer, sent a letter to the California-based Meta company, saying that it ” It has greatly distorted and demoralized public discourse.” The former president’s Twitter account, which has 87 million followers, was also closed in the wake of the actions The riot, to remain on his own platform, “Truth Social”, with less than five million followers. ‬

The new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, reactivated Trump’s account in November, days after Trump announced his candidacy for the presidential elections, but he has not yet published any content on this platform. The American Civil Liberties Union announced that it had filed more than 400 lawsuits against Trump, praising the decision meta. “Like it or not, President Trump is one of the characters,” said the federation’s executive director, Anthony Romero The prominent politician in the country, and the public has a great interest in hearing his speech. ‬

In fact, some of Trump’s most offensive posts on social media have ended up on Facebook To be decisive evidence in the lawsuits against him and his management. However, activist groups such as Media Matters for America oppose allowing Trump to exploit the communication capabilities provided by the tech giants. Media Matters accused Meta of “ignoring its continued risks to public safety”. ‬

“Meta’s decision is a green light for Trump to promote toxic content on its platforms and it shows,” she said in a statement The company still prioritizes profit – and appeasement of far-right figures – over public safety. ‬

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