YouTube announced on Friday it would be reinstating former US President Donald Trump's account, more than two years after he was banned over the Capitol riots of January 6, 2021, AFP reported.

Trump, who is running for President again, has been unable to post any content and his 2.6 million followers were blocked from commenting on old videos.

YouTube banned Trump days after the Capitol riots and said he was suspended for posting content that the platform said incited unrest, adding that he would be allowed to return when "the risk of violence has decreased."

"Starting today, the Donald J. Trump channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content," YouTube said in a statement on Friday.

"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."

YouTube is the latest of several social media platforms that have restored Trump's accounts after they were frozen in the wake of the Capitol riots.

Last month, Meta reinstated Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. The reinstatement came after Trump's campaign formally petitioned Meta to unblock his account.

Trump was also banned from Twitter and a host of other sites following the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots. However, Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, reinstated Trump’s account in November.

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