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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. The permanent suspension blocks Jones and InfoWars from their combined 1.5 million Twitter followers, which adds to the numerous supporters that now can't follow Jones' and InfoWars' content on other platforms thanks to previous bans and punishments.

Twitter had previously resisted calls to ban Alex Jones.

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.

Infowars and Jones' accounts were also banned from Periscope, which is owned by Twitter. Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company's policy against "abusive behaviour".

Before confronting CNN's Darcy, Jones was involved in a heated exchange with Republican Senator Marco Rubio outside of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.


Alex Jones is best known for disputing the veracity of the 11 September attacks, the Sandy Hook school massacre and other events.

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. 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.

He continues by saying Darcy 'smiles like a possum that crawled out of the rear end of a dead cow'. Of course, this also comes after Jones crashed Dorsey's visit to Congress, accusing him and other tech leaders of being biased against conservatives. That's what you look like.

"I know you've got to cover them, but you give these guys way too much attention", Rubio told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Jones is now active on Facebook; his personal suspension there recently expired.


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