How Twitter users reacted to Donald Trump ban: Suspicion, anger . . . and lots of taking the mick

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The most powerful man in the world is no longer allowed to tweet - REUTERS
The most powerful man in the world is no longer allowed to tweet - REUTERS

Donald Trump was banned from Twitter on Friday after the social network said his tweets "risk further incitement of violence".

The US president has been accused of using social media to whip up the hate groups, fascists and white supremacists who marched on the Capitol on Wednesday.

After his ban from the platform was announced, Twitter users mostly reacted with ridicule and memes.

Some users responded with ironic lamentations that, after 56,571 tweets, the President's long and eventful Twitter career appeared to be over.

Others questioned the timing of the ban, and appeared to accuse Twitter of only acting when it was politically helpful to do so.

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr, accused the social media firm of being Orwellian and suppressing free speech.

Others, including New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, suggested Twitter was being hypocritical given that it didn't delete the president's account when he called for "looters" during the Black Lives Matter protest to be shot.

Tom Anderson, the Myspace co-founder who is known to millions simply as "Tom from Myspace", ended a four-year hiatus from Twitter to tweet.

In fact, there were a lot of Myspace jokes.

 And some people wondered what platforms Mr Trump would use next.

Meanwhile, Microsoft popped up with their own mid-2000s callback.

Hillary Clinton seemed to enjoy the moment too.

But mostly Twitter users did what they pretty much always do – took the mick. 

Here are a selection of the best and funniest reactions: