Kraken lawyer Sidney Powell and Mike Flynn suspended by Twitter along with 8kun operator Ron Watkins


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 – for breaking its ‘coordinated harmful activity’ policy in their promotion of conspiracy theories. 

Soon after, Twitter then announced the president had been banned permanently. 

Rush Limbaugh has been banned from Twitter. 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)

‘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.  

Sidney Powell, who served on Trump's legal team for just over a week, has been banned

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

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

Ron Watkins, who founded 8Chan – now known as 8kun – has also been banned from Twitter

Trump was 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

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

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

QAnon supporters have been prevented by Google from selling their wares

Cartoons promoting QAnon circulate widely on Facebook, and are being investigated

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

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

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

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 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

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

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. 

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What is the ‘Kraken’ and what does it have to do with Trump’s election challenge


TORONTO —
Calls to “Release the Kraken,” once reserved for tales of Scandinavian folklore and rum commercials, have become the latest rallying cry for pro-Trump groups spreading unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the U.S. election.

Pro-Trump groups, including QAnon conspiracy theorists, have been sharing the hashtag #ReleaseTheKraken in the weeks following President-elect Joe Biden’s declared victory in an effort to support the legal campaign to challenge the election results.

But how did the Kraken – a gigantic sea monster from Scandinavian folklore that rises up from the ocean to devour its enemies and the name of a popular rum brand – become the symbol of this campaign?

The hashtag appears to stem from comments made by Sidney Powell, a lawyer for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn.

During an interview with Fox Business Network on Nov. 13, Powell claimed the president’s team had substantial evidence to prove widespread voter fraud in several key states.

“We are talking about hundreds of thousands of votes. President Trump won this election in a landslide,” she said during the interview.

Powell claimed that she had seen a growing body of evidence and testimony from voters to prove that Dominion voting machines altered ballots in key swing states, claiming the machines were developed to rig elections in countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, and China.

When asked if she believed her claims of voter fraud were the “culmination of an four-year effort to overthrow Trump’s presidency,” she alleged that voter fraud had been organized and conducted with the help of tech companies, social media companies, and the media.

“I’m going to release the Kraken,” she stated.

The hashtag has continued to gain traction on Twitter as pro-Trump supporters spread news of efforts to legally challenge the election results. Though, on Saturday, some of the tweets appeared to poke fun at the effort as users shared images of The Kraken rum bottles, and images of octopuses, which are commonly used to depict the fictional creature.

No evidence has emerged of the widespread voting fraud that Trump and his legal team have repeatedly alleged, which has been slapped down by judges and state election officials.​





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WATCH: Baby ‘kraken’ washes up on North Coast beach



A MINI version of the legendary kraken was saved after it washed up on a Byron Bay beach last week.

The large and conspicuous coloured octopus was struggling in the shallows at Little Wategos just below Byron’s iconic lighthouse and cape last Tuesday.

With large birds circling it overhead, a group of people out walking were concerned that it could be crumbs for the octopus or it would end up fried in the dazzling sun.

With its head about the size of a human head, its tentacles long and suckers aplenty, the octopus cut a forlorn figure.

The group of walkers who discovered it, had the mind to call rangers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, who mounted a rescue operation.

The octopus was gently scooped up and placed in one of the many rock pools in the area and appeared almost instantly happier.

Whether the animal was fatigued and would have died without intervention is anyone’s guess, but their quick action helped to save a big and beautiful creature that very few landlocked humans have ever seen that size before.

Perhaps it was the little bro’ of the kraken, who legend has it used to terrorise sailors and sink ships just like in Pirates of the Caribbean.





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