Trump, who had 88.8 million followers at last count on Twitter, was “deplatformed” by the company, following years of criticism calling on the social media service to block his account for the spread of misinformation. Prior to closing his account on Friday, Twitter had temporarily suspended his account in three separate occasions for “repeated and severe violations of our civic integrity policy.”
Actor-comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus tagged Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, asking, “What the fuck took you so long, Jack?”
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) January 8, 2021
Retired professional basketball player Rex Chapman echoed Louis-Dreyfus’ sentiment, pointing out that an earlier action could have saved lives during the pandemic. “Yes, people died at the Capitol and now Trump’s gone,” he wrote. “But think about how many lives would have been saved had [he] been impeached and then actually removed from the office in early 2020. His Twitter account convinced millions to not wear masks and regent science during a pandemic.”
Yes, people died at the Capitol and now Trump’s gone.
But think about how many lives would have been saved had been impeached and then actually removed from office in early 2020.
His Twitter account convinced millions to not wear masks and regent science during a pandemic.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 8, 2021
Actor Kevin McHale also wrote: “This isn’t about censorship or free speech. It’s about protecting lives. Trump’s words have now directly lead to five deaths and an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Twitter and tech companies should always ban anyone who incites and encourages violence — especially when they have a big platform.”
This isn’t about censorship or free speech. It’s about protecting lives. Trump’s words have now directly lead to 5 deaths & an attack on the US Capitol. Twitter/tech companies should always ban anyone who incites & encourages violence – especially when they have a big platform.
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) January 9, 2021
Others like actor Michael Rapaport celebrated Dorsey’s work. “Jack, you did it you fkc you!!! Congratulations,” he wrote.
“Borat” actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who had publicly asked Dorsey to ban Trump from Twitter, also applauded the news. “Twitter finally banned Trump! We did it!” he wrote.
Twitter finally banned Trump!
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) January 8, 2021
Read more reactions below.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 8, 2021
When are Republicans going to suspend trump from the nuclear arsenal indefinitely?
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 9, 2021
GODDAMIT Trump just added me on Friendster.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 9, 2021
Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-it! THANK YOU TWITTER.
— Isiah Whitlock Jr. (@IsiahWhitlockJr) January 8, 2021
Getting kicked off Twitter is about as hard to do as getting booted from the housewives…it’s literally designed for provocative social interaction…
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) January 9, 2021
trump if u can read this I’ll give you a kiss 😘
— kurtis conner (@kurtisconner) January 9, 2021
A lot of people laughing that Trump’s banned from twitter but how great would it be not to be allowed on twitter.
— Jemaine Clement (@AJemaineClement) January 9, 2021
oomp suspended not me tho
— giabuchi lastrassi (@jaboukie) January 8, 2021
DING DONG DEE DEE DEET DEE https://t.co/gkVnzMshNT
— Pedro Pascal he/him (@PedroPascal1) January 9, 2021
FINALLY! @jack told Trump to STFU! 🙌🏾
Can we put them on a family plan? Don Jr, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, Jared, you too Melania…Shut all of those scoundrels down!
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) January 8, 2021