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Conservative talk radio king Rush Limbaugh deactivated his Twitter account following the platform’s permanent ban of President Donald Trump’s personal feed, as more right-leaning figures abandon big tech for alternatives such as Parler and video hosting site Rumble.
Joseph A Wulfsohn, a media reporter for Fox News, confirmed — on Twitter — that Limbaugh had suspended his account and that he was not kicked off by the platform.
“Twitter SPOX: ‘I would like to correct that He is not suspended. The user deactivated their account,’” Wulfsohn wrote in a post after initially posting a quote from a Twitter spokesperson who indicated that Limbaugh’s account was “permanently suspended” for allegedly trying “to evade a suspension” by “using another account.”
Twitter SPOX: "I would like to correct that He is not suspended. The user deactivated their account."
Deleted previous tweet. pic.twitter.com/30agl2Aqbl
— Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) January 9, 2021
In addition to President Trump’s personal account, Twitter on Friday also banned retired Gen. Michael Flynn and his lawyer, Sidney Powell.
As for Parler, Google Play suspended the alternative platform’s app on Friday as well, while Apple threatened to do so.
Google officials told Parler, which advertises itself as “unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement,” that its app will remain suspended until the platform adopts some moderation policies, Axios Tech Reporter Ashley Gold noted.
GOOGLE PLAY is going one step further than Apple, who threatened to pull Parler unless it submits a moderation plan within 24 hrs.
— Ashley Gold (@ashleyrgold) January 9, 2021
She also reported that Apple gave Parler 24 hours to come up with some moderation policies or the tech giant would follow Google Play’s lead and pull Parler’s app as well.
“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property,” Apple wrote to officials at Parler, according to Axios.
“The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities,” Apple officials noted further.
Other former Trump officials were targeted as well.
YouTube banned former chief strategist Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast following an appearance by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who again made claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
YouTube officials said the claims, which have not been legally substantiated, were a violation of the platform’s terms of service.
In banning Flynn and Powell, a Twitter spokesperson told the New York Post it wasn’t related to their claims of vote fraud, but rather their links to the QAnon movement, which alleges a number of “deep state” conspiracies including child abuse.
“The account(s) has/have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity,” the spokesperson said.
“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,” the Twitter official added.
The Post noted that several others who subscribe to the QAnon theories took part in storming the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday, which has been blamed on President Trump by many in Washington.
In a speech to tens of thousands of supporters at a “Stop the Steal” rally, the president encouraged people to “walk” and march to the Capitol Building “peacefully and patriotically,” where Congress was meeting in a joint session to count the Electoral College votes.
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” he said.
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