"Now is the time for Congress to repeal Section 230 and put Big Tech on the same legal footing as any other company in America," said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Friday.
Mr Trump had repeatedly told allies who had raised the possibility of social media companies banning him, "They will never ban me."
There was an extensive process in place in the White House for creating official tweets. But at night and early in the morning, Mr. Trump composed his own tweets on his iPhone, often to the chagrin of advisers and Republican lawmakers who would spend hours or days studying the aftermath.
"I wouldn't be here without the tweets," Trump told the Financial Times in April 2017.
At a meeting at the White House last year, Brad Parscale, then Trump's campaign manager, suggested that the president move to Parler, an alternative social media site that has become popular with right-wing users. But Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, later shot down the idea and shared Mr Trump's trust that Twitter would not act, and it never happened, according to a person informed of what happened.
While the White House still has official Twitter accounts like @POTUS and @WhiteHouse until it opens, Twitter has announced that it will make it easier to transfer those accounts to the incoming Biden administration. Prior to Wednesday's mob attack, Twitter's executive director Jack Dorsey was involved in discussions about the transfer of these accounts, said a person familiar with the discussions.
The backlash against Mr. Trump online began Wednesday after his presidential-challenged loyalists broke through the Capitol building. As a result, Twitter temporarily suspended Mr. Trump's account, followed by Facebook. At the time, Twitter said the risk of having his comment live on its website had become too high.