Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones, Infowars Day After Congressional Testimony

Tonya Becker
September 7, 2018

Twitter is permanently banning right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show for abusive behaviour, a month after several of its Silicon Valley counterparts did so.

Jones, who is angry at the tech companies because they both suspended him temporarily last month, said he was there to "face my accusers".

The move came a day after President Donald Trump's administration warned of a possible legal crackdown on big technology companies over political bias, a bombshell announcement that came as social media executives including Twitter's Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey were defending their policies before lawmakers.


The video in question showed Jones shouting at and berating CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for some 10 minutes in between two congressional hearings focused on social media. The aggressive encounter was filmed by Jones on Periscope, which is owned by Twitter. Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company's policy against "abusive behaviour".

"Hey, don't touch me again, man", Rubio said to Jones. Thus far, efforts to hold Jones accountable to the community guidelines of sites he leveraged have resulted in a almost 50 per cent loss of viewership to Infowars.

After attempting to answer a few more questions over Jones' continued commentary, Rubio, who sits on the Senate panel, told reporters "you guys can talk to this clown", before walking off.


Jones heckled Darcy in a public hallway where reporters were waiting to enter the House of Representatives committee room. For example, after Dorsey himself tweeted that Twitter was not banning Jones like its counterparts had because "he hasn't violated our rules", an investigation by Darcy led to Twitter admitting that in fact at least seven tweets had broken its rules. That's what you look like.

Radio host Alex Jones showed up before a Senate hearing on social media to blast the Democratic party, the leading tech companies and others, claiming they are working together to silence conservative voices ahead of the midterm elections.

Rubio turned to him and said, "Hey, don't touch me again - I'm asking you not to touch me".


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