Alex Jones permanently suspended from Twitter after latest violations

Twitter permanently bans Infowars Alex Jones citing abusive behavior	 	 	 			Alex Jones

Twitter permanently bans Infowars Alex Jones citing abusive behavior Alex Jones

Twitter announced on Thursday afternoon that it is permanently banning the rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show because of abusive behavior on the platform.

The ban comes one month after Facebook, YouTube and Apple removed Jones and Infowars' accounts from their platforms, raising pressure on Twitter to follow suit.

Twitter previously had suspended Jones for a week after he broke site rules against violent threats.

The company said Jones would not be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones after posting a video on Wednesday that violates the company's policy against "abusive behavior".

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. In a tweet, it said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Jones or Infowars, and will "take action" if it finds any attempts to circumvent the ban.

At one point he badgered Rubio as the Republican answered reporters' questions in a hallway.

Unlike other companies, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had initially maintained that Jones should be allowed a place on the platform, allegedly overruling his staff on the matter. Jones and his followers have been harassing users for years; namely the parents of the Sandy Hook victims and others who have spoken out against gun violence.

"Hey, don't touch me again, man", Rubio said to Jones. But until now it had resisted muzzling Jones further.

The Justice Department statement appeared to escalate a war between the administration and Silicon Valley after a series of attacks by President Trump claiming tech firms were biased against conservatives.

"You're not gonna get arrested", Rubio said.

After talking over Rubio a few times, Jones tapped the senator on the shoulder, as seen in video live-streamed and promoted by Cassandra Fairbanks, a right-wing blogger and an activist.

Twitter's first punishment was minor compared to the repercussions that Jones and InfoWars faced from other tech companies just days before.

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