Rush Limbaugh deactivates his Twitter account after President Trump permanently banned – USA TODAY

Kelly Tyko   | USA TODAY

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Radio host Rush Limbaugh’s Twitter account has been deactivated.

Twitter confirmed to USA TODAY that the account wasn’t suspended but “deactivated by the owner.”

The social media platform permanently banned President Donald Trump Friday, citing the risk that he would incite further violence. He had 88.6 million followers.

Twitter, which had locked Trump out of his account Wednesday for inflammatory posts after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, lifted the suspension the following day after he removed the offending tweets. Twitter warned it would suspend Trump permanently if he continued to violate its rules.

On Thursday, Facebook blocked Trump on Facebook and Instagram after the president incited supporters to storm the nation’s capital. The indefinite ban is at least through the remainder of his term, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

Twitter bans Trump: President Trump permanently banned from Twitter over risk he could incite violence

Trump blocked on Facebook, Instagram:  Suspension is indefinite, at least through end of term

Limbaugh, to whom Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year, dismissed critics of violence on Thursday.

“There’s a lot of people calling for the end of violence. There’s a lot of conservatives on social media who say that any violence or aggression at all is unacceptable regardless of the circumstances,” the longtime conservative commentator said. “I am glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual Tea Party guys, the men at Lexington and Concord didn’t feel that way.”

Trump allies and conservatives have cried censorship over Trump’s ban. Twitter also permanently suspended the @TeamTrump account for ban evasion, the company said late Friday.

Late Friday, President Trump tweeted from the @POTUS Twitter account, accusing Twitter of silencing him and his supporters. All four tweets were then deleted.

This story will be updated.

Contributing: Jessica Guynn and Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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Rush Limbaugh deactivates his Twitter account after President Trump permanently banned – USA TODAY

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