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'I'm Back!': Trump makes first post on Facebook in years as YouTube restores account

The YouTube spokesperson indicated that voters deserved equal access to the platforms and opinions of the candidates seeking the presidency in 2024, of which Trump is one.

March 17, 2023 3:44pm

Updated: March 17, 2023 4:34pm

Former President Donald Trump on Friday made his first post on Facebook since the platform restored his account in February.

The short, 12-second video post, titled "I'm Back!," included a clip from the 2016 election night, showing the moment Trump first appeared to celebrate his win.

"Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business," he said.

The post comes the same day that video-sharing platform YouTube restored former Trump's account after a more than two-year suspension.

The platform, like virtually all other social media companies, suspended the former president in January of 2021, following the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot. Trump's account has 2.65 million subscribers as of press time.

YouTube's vice president of public policy Leslie Miller on Friday told Axios that Trump's channel "is no longer restricted and the ability to upload new content is restored."

The YouTube spokesperson indicated that voters deserved equal access to the platforms and opinions of the candidates seeking the presidency in 2024, of which Trump is one.

"We carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, balancing that with the importance of preserving the opportunity for voters to hear equally from major national candidates in the run up to an election," shed added. "This channel will continue to be subject to our policies, just like any other channel on YouTube."

Twitter became the first major social media platform to reinstate Trump in November 2022. New owner Elon Musk opted to restore the former president's account following a Twitter poll in which respondents decidedly backed Trump's return.

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, followed suit in February of 2023, asserting that Trump's restored access would also come with "new guardrails" to deter any future violations of its policies.

Following his numerous bans, Trump created his own social media platform, Truth Social, through which he continues to communicate with supporters.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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