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‘THANK YOU’: Twitter goes wild as Trump banned forever

Jessica Yun
·4-min read
SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 08: The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on an iPhone screen on January 08, 2021 in San Anselmo, California. Citing the risk of further incitement of violence following an attempted insurrection on Wednesday, Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Twitter has permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Twitter has erupted in jubilation after news spread that outgoing US President Donald Trump had been permanently suspended from the social media platform.

‘THANK YOU TWITTER’ emerged as a trending topic on the website just moments after people discovered the account of America’s president had been permanently scrubbed.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter stated in a blog post.

Earlier this week, the social media platform temporarily locked Trump’s account after the US Capitol riots, warning that his account could be gone for good if he continued to violate Twitter’s rules.

Twitter users, including many high-profile public figures, shared the news with screenshots of Trump's suspended account, expressing their thanks to the platform.

Many hailed the news as a signal of a better year ahead, bidding farewell to 2020.

“THANK YOU TWITTER, for making 2021 a little better”, Tweeted one user.

“I have never seen something so BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you Twitter!!!” said another.

The suspension of the President’s account was even turned into a gif.

American author John Pavlovitz also thanked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for the ban.

“Thank you, @Twitter @jack,” he wrote. “This matters.”

Bridgerton actress Nicola Coughlan also joked that the permanent suspension was a personal gift to her.

But amid the celebration, some pointed out that the move had come too late.

“What took you so damn long?” asked one user.

Other topics related to the Trump ban began trending, such as Jack Dorsey himself and the hashtag #TrumpBanned.

‘Make Twitter Great Again’ also began emerging as a trending topic as a tongue-in-cheek play on Trump’s campaign slogan, ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN’.

Social media turns against Trump

Twitter is only the latest amid a string of similar bans on the President: several social media giants moved to suspend Trump in some form after his supporters stormed the US Capital, which has resulted in five deaths.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that Trump would be banned from the site indefinitely.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg said.

“Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

Reddit has also blocked the subreddit r/DonaldTrump, one of the social forum’s largest political communities in support of the embattled businessman.

Twitch and Snapchat have disabled Trump’s accounts, while Instagram has also banned Trump for at least the next two weeks.

YouTube and TikTok have also taken action, Axios reported.

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