Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones and InfoWars
Even as other tech giants like Facebook and YouTube had banned Alex Jones, Twitter had hesitated with what to do about Jones
A month after Apple, Facebook, and YouTube removed Alex Jones from their platforms, Twitter has followed suit and permanently suspended the conspiracy theorist and his InfoWars from the microblogging site.
According to Twitter, the Infowars creator had violated its “abusive behavior” rules and many of his tweets violated that policy. Jones was also banned from Periscope, a Twitter-owned live-streaming platform.
Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations. https://t.co/gckzUAV8GL— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
Jones shared content and videos from InfoWars with his 850,000 Twitter followers, and promote conspiracy theories against liberals, Muslims and migrants.
YouTube and Facebook had deleted similar content by Jones last month, citing hate speech.
Jones was recently in the news when he got into a heated argument with Republican Senator Marco Rubio after he crashed Rubio's TV interview to question him on social media bias against conservatives outside of Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing where executives from Facebook and Twitter were testifying about their companies' responsibility against fake accounts and perceived bias on their platforms.
The Republican senator from Florida was talking to a reporter from CNBC when Jones, a radio host who promotes conspiracy theories and has been banned from multiple social media platforms, confronted the lawmaker.
Several social media users posted the video of the exchange that took place in the hallway of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The video shows Jones getting into Rubio's space, touching him at one point, which the senator did not like.
Wow, this video. Alex JONES calls RUBIO a "frat boy" and touches Rubio on the shoulder. Rubio tells Jones not to touch him and that he won't be arrested because I'll "take care of you myself."https://t.co/AGRMrDBMGa— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 5, 2018