The claim: Rush Limbaugh was suspended from Twitter
Following reports that Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account out of risk that he could incite further violence, posts emerged online claiming conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s account was shut down by the platform as well.
“Rush Limbaugh, who is dying of stage 4 cancer, has been suspended from Twitter,” reads a Jan. 8 Facebook post that has been shared hundreds of times. Other users shared similar versions of the claim.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook users for comment.
Twitter confirms Limbaugh deleted his account
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY that Limbaugh’s account was “deactivated by the owner” and was not suspended. Limbaugh, a staunch supporter of Trump, had a similar style of tweets to those of the 45th president.
The Internet Archive shows that Limbaugh’s account, which had 648,000 followers, was last active on Jan. 7 and his last tweet appears to be on Dec. 17.
Twitter also notes when an account has been suspended by the platform, such as Trump’s account, which explicitly states that the account has been removed for violating Twitter rules. Meanwhile, Limbaugh’s page reads, “This account doesn’t exist.”
Limbaugh joined Twitter only in October and said on his Oct. 13 radio show that he hates social media, calling it a “cesspool,” USA TODAY reported.
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Trump, however, was shut down
Twitter permanently banned Trump from the platform on Friday.
He is blocked from Instagram and Facebook through at least the remainder of his term, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
Our rating: False
The claim that Twitter suspended Rush Limbaugh’s account is FALSE, based on our research. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY that the account was deactivated by the owner.
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