Former President Donald Trump has rejoined Facebook after a two-year absence.
“I'VE RETURNED!” Trump made a message on the website several weeks after his personal account was reactivated. He also posted an old video clip in which he apologised for keeping you waiting. It's a complicated enterprise.
Trump shared the same video on YouTube, which announced on Friday that it, too, was glad to see him return.
Facebook parent Meta said in January that it would restore Trump's personal account in the coming weeks, ending the suspension applied in the aftermath of the January 6 insurgency, when Trump supporters violently stormed the United States Capitol in an attempt to halt the peaceful transfer of power.
According to the business, his access to Facebook and Instagram was restored on 9 February.
“The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying, the good, the bad, and the ugly, so that they can make informed choices at the ballot box,” Meta's vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, wrote at the time.
The company also stated that it would be implementing “new safeguards” to ensure that “repeat offenders” do not break its rules, even if they are political candidates or world leaders.
Facebook, the world's largest social media platform, had served as a public tool as well as a critical source of fundraising money for both of Trump's previous campaigns.
In a tweet earlier Friday, YouTube said, “Starting today, the Donald J Trump channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content.”
“We carefully assessed the continued risk of real-world violence while balancing voters' ability to hear equally from major national candidates in the run-up to an election,” they wrote.
Twitter also reinstated Trump's account after Elon Musk took over the business last year, but the former president has yet to tweet.
Instead, he has been frequently posting on his own Truth Social site, which he started following the suspensions.