Alex Jones Permanently Suspended From Twitter

Alex Jones calls Marco Rubio 'frat boy' and 'a little gangster thug' after crashing interview

Twitter has announced that it had banned far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform as well as the account of Infowars, the website he operates. A second House hearing focused on Republican assertions that Twitter is censoring conservatives - a charge Jones has championed and the company has denied.

Twitter says Jones won't be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company's policy against "abusive behavior".

According to a Twitter spokesperson speaking with The Daily Beast, the impetus for the suspension stems from an altercation between Jones and CNN reporter Oliver Darcy during yesterday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Twitter also said that it "will take action" if in the future it discovers other accounts being used to get around the ban of Jones and InfoWars.

Jones continued to repeatedly interrupt Rubio, calling him a "frat boy" and a 'snake'.

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. 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.

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

"Hey, don't touch me again, man", Rubio said to Jones.

Jones' bread and butter is shouting over-the-top grievances and conspiracy theories in videos that he shares on social media, radio and his own websites.

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

Twitter had previously resisted calls to ban Jones, though it prevented him from posting on his account for a week last month. That's what you look like.

Jones countered, "Oh, you want me to get arrested?"

Jones was live on Twitter's Periscope service the whole time.

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

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