Twitter said on Thursday it had "permanently suspended" conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website, Infowars, for sharing a series of tweets and videos, including verbal attacks on a reporter that Jones live-streamed outside of a congressional hearing the day before.
Jones had about 900,000 followers on Twitter.
Despite that pressure, Twitter insisted that Jones and his website had not violated their terms.
Twitter says Jones won't be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. 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' previous violations. The suspension came about following a Periscope video of Jones verbally harassing a reporter named Oliver Darcy.
Jones had traveled to Washington, DC on Wednesday to attend congressional hearings in which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg were scheduled to testify about fake accounts and perceived bias on their platforms.
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In the video, Jones confronts Darcy by calling him 'the equivalent of like the Hitler Youth'. "Glad Twitter is taking steps to put an end to the abusive behavior from Alex Jones & Infowars", the tweet stated.
Rubio grew angry when Jones patted him on the shoulder, and told Jones not to touch him again. 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. 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". You look like a possum that got caught doing some really nasty stuff - in my view.
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. "You're a public figure too".
But a week later Twitter joined the other tech companies in muzzling Jones, even if it was only for a week.