The US President’s account was permanently suspended by social media bosses following the attempted insurrection that left five people dead.
The social media giant said they were concerned about the risk of further violence following the “horrific” scenes in the US Capitol this week, as pro-Trump supporters stormed the building in a bid to overturn the election result which saw Joe Biden named the next President of the United States.
Twitter said that two of Trump’s tweets posted on Friday had violated its glorification of violence policy.
Borat star Sacha welcomed the ban, writing on Twitter: “This is the most important moment in the history of social media.
“The world’s largest platforms have banned the world’s biggest purveyor of lies, conspiracies and hate.
“To every Facebook and Twitter employee, user and advocate who fought for this–the entire world thanks you!”
Facebook banned Trump’s accounts at least until the end of his Presidency, but his personal Twitter account @realDonaldTrump was permanently removed.
Sacha, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Isla Fisher and their children, had called on Twitter to ban Trump before they did it.
He said in an impassioned statement: “5 people are dead because of Trump’s election lies–lies you helped spread! How many more have to die before you ban Trump from Twitter?! Today, civil rights groups are calling on you to do the right thing!”
Two hours after his personal account was banned, Trump appeared to tweet from the official POTUS (President of the United States) account.
A post read: “We will not be SILENCED!”
“Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH,” another now-deleted tweet read.
Billionaire Trump went on to suggest he was considering building his own social media platform in the future.
Twitter said in a statement: “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.
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter rules would potentially result in this very course of action.
“Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.
“However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things.
“We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”