It’s hard to overstate the way Donald Trump’s presidency has elevated Twitter and increased its urgency. In the last four years, Twitter became a necessary platform if you wanted to keep up with the president’s latest decrees.
But on Friday, Twitter banned the president for good. The social media giant permanently suspended Trump, days before the end of his presidency, after he used his account to incite an insurrection on Capitol Hill.
For Trump, it’s a seismic event. For years, he has used Twitter as FDR used the radio or Kennedy the television — his most powerful way to directly communicate with his followers, who numbered almost 90 million at the time of the ban.
It also raises questions about how Trump will continue to hold sway over the national conversation, or how he will keep up the possibility of a 2024 presidential campaign.
The move preceded another significant one: Apple expelled Parler, the pro-Trump social network, from its App Store after it failed to implement a moderation policy. And right after that, Amazon booted Parler off its web hosting services.