Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars for repeated ‘abusive behaviour’

Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars for repeated ‘abusive behaviour’

The hearing was also attended by Jones, who said he came to highlight his deplatforming and "censorship" from other sites including Facebook and YouTube.

"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, ' the firm explained in a tweet.

As we continue to increase transparency around our Rules and enforcement actions, we wanted to be open about this action given the broad interest in this case.

Jones, who is the controversial InfoWars founder, repeatedly interrupted Rubio while he was attempting to answer questions from reporters during a recess in the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on foreign use of social media to influence USA politics.

At one point, he said Darcy was "smiling like a possum that crawled out of the rear end of a dead cow".

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He had nearly 900,000 followers on Twitter before he was banned.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, a Twitter spokesperson attributed the ban on to a heated confrontation with CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, which was broadcast on Periscope.

The "Infowars" host stormed around Capitol Hill for hours, streaming appearances of himself on Twitter and Facebook outside the hearings where social media executives were testifying.

Don't mess with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

Rubio grew angry when Jones patted him on the shoulder, and told Jones not to touch him again.

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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.

Twitter faced a lot of pressure from users to take action against Jones before the company issued that one-week suspension. Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company's policy against "abusive behaviour".

Darcy has aggressively questioned social media companies about the forbearance they showed Jones, asking why they have allowed him to remain on their platforms for as long as they have.

There is no reliable evidence to support Jones' charge.

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