Twitter permanently bans Infowars, Alex Jones citing abusive behavior

Marco Rubio fends off Alex Jones on Capitol Hill. Screenshot Cassandra Fairbanks

- Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform. CNN even provided Dorsey with a list of seven tweets that violated the site's terms of use, and yet only now is Jones finally banned, after there could be no way for Twitter to talk its way around letting him remain on the platform.

After further pressuring, the firm suspended Jones from Twitter for a week in August.

Jones had travelled to Washington D.C. Wednesday for congressional hearings at which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testified.

Before that hearing, Jones spotted a reporter waiting in the hall outside the meeting room, and Jones proceeded to berate the journalist, who has covered Jones' website and his suspensions from social media.

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Before confronting CNN's Darcy, Jones was involved in a heated exchange with Republican Senator Marco Rubio outside of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

He has also promoted the idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax and that the victims of it were child actors.

Jones then asked Rubio if he planned on having him arrested if he dared to touch him again.

The Republican senator was talking to reporters on Wednesday in a Senate hallway about social media companies' role in elections and the spreading and blocking of misinformation, while a man spoke over him and reporters. He criticized the journalist's reporting and appearance, referencing his "skinny jeans" and repeatedly saying, "just look at this guy's eyes" and "look at that smile".

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At one point, he said Darcy was "smiling like a possum that crawled out of the rear end of a dead cow. You're a public figure too".

Other tech companies have limited Jones by suspending him for longer periods, as Facebook did, and by taking down his pages and radio stations.

Jones was live on Twitter's Periscope service the whole time.

Jones is now active on Facebook; his suspension there recently expired.

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