The decision was taken on Friday by Twitter who in a statement cited that they had ‘permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.’ Facebook took similar action but only until a peaceful transition of power had been completed.
This move comes after Trump was temporarily locked out of his account following the attack on the Capitol building by his supporters on Wednesday. The president did return to the website on Thursday where he attempted to distance himself from any blame for the riot but continued to spread more misinformation despite admitting that he would no longer be challenging the election results. He had also announced that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump has reportedly attempted to use the @POTUS account, as well as other accounts to tweet his annoyance of being suspended from Twitter accusing the website of ‘banning free speech’ but those tweets were quickly deleted.
The news that Trump would no longer be tweeting has been greeted with great enthusiasm from his critics, who could help but react with shock and scenes that resembled the end of Return of the Jedi.
Of course, when there is any major news like this with Trump the internet cannot help but react with jokes.
Maybe he’ll just pop up on another account belonging to one of his family, create an alter-ego or use a less popular website?
Yes, there is already merchandise.
TikTok, a social media platform that Trump has spent much of the last 12 months trying to ban, is still one of the few websites that the president can still use. Oh, the irony…
People really hope that there is a footage of Trump learning about his ban.
The only real downside to this is that many of Trump’s more amusing tweets are now lost forever, leaving us to enjoy them only as screengrabs. A true tragedy.
For some, if might have been too little, too late as the damage has arguably already been done by Trump and his base.
Trump supporters have not taken the news well.
It remains to be seen what will happen next but for at least one day, Twitter is. alot more peaceful.