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Twitter permanently bans Infowars, Alex Jones citing abusive behavior

Twitter permanently bans Infowars, Alex Jones citing abusive behavior”

"Jones ranted at the reporter, as well as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, following back-to-back congressional hearings where Dorsey addressed online election meddling, as well as accusations of political bias and conservative censorship on the platform". This ultimately led to the ban, according to CNBC.

In August, Twitter said Jones had violated its rules at least seven times, but it stopped short of banning him outright from the platform.

The company made its decision a day after Jones accosted a CNN reporter, Oliver Darcy, on Capitol Hill, and livestreamed the encounter through Periscope, which Twitter owns.

He later posted videos showing himself verbally confronting a CNN reporter as well as Republican Senator Marco Rubio in a hallway.

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

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.

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Twitter had previously suspended Jones for a week.

There is no reliable evidence to support Jones' charge.

"Oh, he'll beat me up!" said Jones.

The theories he has promoted include that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the United States government.

Jones is best known for disputing the veracity of the September 11 attacks and the Sandy Hook school massacre, which he has described as an elaborate hoax involving "crisis actors" in a conspiracy involving the administration of former president Barack Obama.

The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a CT elementary school.

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Alex Jones is a controversial radio and podcast host based in Austin, Texas.

Twitter now joins YouTube as a social media platform that won't have anything to do with Jones or InfoWars.

Parents of some of the children killed in the attack are pursuing a defamation case against him.

He now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech.

Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the United States government. 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.

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