Rush Limbaugh has deactivated his Twitter account hours after Donald Trump, Sidney Powell and Mike Flynn were suspended and conservatives threatened to flee the platform in protest.
A search for the account of right-wing radio host Limbaugh Friday night comes up with the notice: ‘This account doesn’t exist.’
Neither Limbaugh nor Twitter have commented on the removal however it comes amid a flurry of chatter from conservatives that they will stage an exodus from the platform in the wake of several bans of far-right commentators.
Earlier Friday, Twitter announced it had suspended the accounts of Donald Trump’s former election fraud lawyer Powell, former National Security advisor Flynn, and the founder of 8Chan – now known as 8kun.
The social media platform said they had all broken its ‘coordinated harmful activity’ policy in their promotion of conspiracy theories.
Soon after, Twitter then announced the president had been banned permanently.
‘After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,’ Twitter said of its ban on Trump.
The moves come as Twitter is becoming increasingly aggressive in policing its platform, forcing those in the line of fire to switch to Parler, which is not moderated.
Apple is reportedly now mulling removing Parler from the app store, owing to the inflammatory content circulating on the platform.
Meanwhile, YouTube removed Steve Bannon’s podcast from YouTube Friday just hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared on the show blaming the MAGA mob riot that left five dead on the Democrats for ‘censoring and suppressing’ Donald Trump supporters.
Rush Limbaugh has deactivated his Twitter account. Twitter is yet to comment on the removal however it comes one day after Limbaugh compared the MAGA mob that stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that claimed five lives to the founding fathers of the Unites States of America (above)
Social media users who spotted Limbaugh’s account no longer active immediately assumed it had been taken down by Twitter.
It came one day after Limbaugh compared the MAGA mob that stormed the US Capitol Wednesday in a riot that claimed five lives to the founding fathers of the Unites States of America.
‘We’re supposed to be horrified by the protesters,’ Limbaugh said on his show Thursday.
‘There’s a lot of people calling for the end of violence. There’s a lot of conservatives, social media, who say that any violence or aggression at all is unacceptable. Regardless of the circumstances,’ he said.
‘I’m glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual tea party guys, the men at Lexington and Concord didn’t feel that way.’
Adams and Paine were Founding Fathers of the United States who protested British taxation without representation, uniting the American colonies in the fight for independence during the Revolutionary War.
But, while his defense of Wednesday’s riotous mob sparked theories that he had been banned, a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News Limbaugh was not suspended but had deactivated his account.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Twitter for comment.
Limbaugh’s departure comes as conservatives are threatening to leave Twitter in their hordes in outrage at what they claim to be ‘censorship’.
‘I’m deleting my Twitter account today and ALL conservatives should do the same. This censorship is terrifying and we need to take a stand,’ one person wrote.
‘Do not line @Jack’s pocket any further. If we leave , he loses power. Don’t just complain about it, do something!’
Another person wrote: ‘The best way to fight big tech is to dessert them, all conservatives and sane people move over to parler and leave Twitter with just the dingbats.’
Sidney Powell, who served on Trump’s legal team for just over a week, has been banned
Michael Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, has also been banned
Ron Watkins, who founded 8Chan – now known as 8kun – has also been banned from Twitter
Trump was first suspended for 12 hours on Wednesday night after he incited rioters to storm the Capitol, causing chaos and killing four of his supporters plus a member of the Capitol Police.
His account was then reinstated for 24 hours, but taken down permanently on Friday.
Powell, Flynn and Ron Watkins, the 8kun founder, will also have their accounts permanently deleted, along with other QAnon supporters.
Powell is Flynn’s attorney, and rose to prominence promoting conspiracy theories.
Twitter said the move against them was in response to their repeated promotion of QAnon conspiracy theories – the idea that a ‘deep state’ of former Obama officials is working to undermine Trump, and that Washington is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles.
Powell is Flynn’s attorney. Flynn was convicted of lying to the FBI but pardoned by Trump
Supporters of the QAnon theory protest in Oregon in May. Twitter on Friday banned a series of accounts which promoted the idea
QAnon supporters have been prevented by Google from selling their wares
Cartoons promoting QAnon circulate widely on Facebook, and are being investigated
Believers in the conspiracy theory see Donald Trump as taking on a cabal of Satanists
‘The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity,’ a Twitter spokesperson told NBC News.
‘We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content.’
Twitter explains the policy as preventing harm in the real world.
Powell is being sued for $1.3 billion by Dominion Voting Systems
‘We identify groups, movements, or campaigns that are engaged in coordinated activity resulting in harm on and off of Twitter,’ they state.
The Twitter account @TrumpsAlert, which automatically shows follows and unfollows from the Trump family and other insiders, showed that Rudy Giuliani had been following a number of the conspiracy-theory accounts which were deleted by Twitter.
Jared Kushner, senior presidential advisor and Trump’s son-in-law, followed Powell.
When the accounts were deleted, it showed they had ‘unfollowed’ them.
Powell was sued by Dominion Voting Systems on Friday for $1.3 billion after she falsely accused the company of creating means of rigging the vote in favor of Joe Biden.
Watkins, who lives in Japan, has like Powell spent recent weeks pushing false claims about Dominion Voting Systems and the company’s role in the U.S. elections.
QAnon believers’ bizarre beliefs have led to real-world violence.
A man in a QAnon hoodie is seen inside the Capitol on Wednesday
QAnon fanatics have been driven to carry out violent attacks in real life
QAnon supporters have been arrested for threatening politicians, breaking into the residence of the Canadian prime minister, an armed standoff near the Hoover dam, a kidnapping plot and two kidnappings, and at least one murder.
On Wednesday night QAnon adherents were among the individuals at the front line of the storming of Capitol Hill, with a man in a bearskin and a Viking helmet, Jake Angeli from Arizona, describing himself as a ‘QAnon Shaman’.
Others wore QAnon hoodies and insignia. One reporter said the rioters told him they were ‘looking for pedophiles’ inside the Capitol.
Their involvement seems to have driven Twitter’s decision to ban Powell, Flynn, Watkins and other high-profile promoters of the theory.
Jake Angeli, who calls himself the ‘QAnon Shaman’, was among the rioters on Wednesday
QAnon supporters were among those who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, killing five
Social media networks have long been concerned about QAnon theories circulating on their platforms.
In July, Twitter announced it had banned 7,000 QAnon accounts for breaking its rules around platform manipulation, misinformation and harassment.
Twitter also said it would no longer recommend QAnon accounts and content, would stop such content from appearing in trends and search, and would block QAnon’s internet links.
In August Facebook uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers, that support QAnon, according to internal company documents.
The tech giant has been under immense pressure to clamp down on hate speech and dangerous conspiracy theories, both of which are found in abundance on the site.
Last year the company announced new policies to reduce the visibility of vaccine misinformation on its platform, including rejecting advertising and excluding groups and pages from search results that spread ‘vaccine hoaxes.’
Facebook has since June been studying the QAnon movement, and in early removed a QAnon group with nearly 200,000 members ‘for repeatedly posting content that violated our policies.’
It was unclear whether Facebook would follow Twitter and ban Powell, Flynn, Watkins and the others. Facebook is yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s request.
Several Republican candidates for Congress have openly expressed support for QAnon, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, who won her seat in November and declared that QAnon was ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to take this supposed global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out.