Big tech saw their opportunity and took it with a vengeance, leading to the largest social media purge seen to date.
What began with permanently banning President Trump from Facebook and Twitter has escalated in both social media overlords handing out suspensions and account bans right and left to Conservative figures. Conservative radio star Rush Limbaugh has apparently seen the writing on the wall and abruptly disappeared from Twitter on Friday after Trump’s ban from the platform.
Supporters initially speculated that Limbaugh was banned by Twitter, but CNN reporter Oliver Darcy said soon after that Twitter confirmed that Limbaugh had been the one to delete the account.
Users clicking on Limbaugh’s username were greeted by a page that read: “This account doesn’t exist[.] Try searching for another,” leading to an explosion of rumors on the site.
Darcy reported, however, that “A Twitter spokesperson tells me the company did not suspend Rush Limbaugh’s account. In other words, it appears Limbaugh (or someone acting on his behalf) deactivated it.”
Limbaugh himself has not issued a statement on the decision but has long warned about the dangers of allowing big tech censors to control the nation’s avenues of communication.
The legendary broadcaster is a major target of the left, making him a logical target in this sweeping social media purge as well. Limbaugh raised eyebrows on Thursday, just a day after the Capitol riots, by pushing back against the notion that “we’re supposed to be horrified by the protesters.”
“There’s a lot of people out there calling for the end of violence,” Limbaugh said during a segment of his syndicated radio show. “A lot of conservatives, social media, who say that any violence or aggression at all is unacceptable regardless of the circumstances. I am glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual Tea Party guys, the men at Lexington and Concord, didn’t feel that way.”
Twitter and other social media giants have specifically cracked down on hundreds of accounts aligning themselves with Trump and the movement to block the certification of Joe Biden’s election.
The crackdown on conservatives on social media sites within the last week has prompted a mass exodus of those that value free speech from the platforms — especially Twitter.