Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones and InfoWars

Washington: 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 company said in a statement that it implemented the ban because it was not Jones’s first violation. Twitter previously had suspended Jones for a week after he broke site rules against violent threats.

Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen building of Capitol Hill after listening to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify this week.

Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen building of Capitol Hill after listening to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify this week.

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The ban occurred a day after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified to lawmakers about his company’s practices for moderating content online. Before the hearing began, Jones and his followers surrounded Oliver Darcy, a reporter at CNN who has covered InfoWars and Twitter. He broadcast his attacks on Darcy using Periscope, the live-streaming site owned by Twitter.

Asked about the video, Twitter said it was one of a series of incidents brought to its attention in the last 24 hours that violated its rules.

Going forward, Twitter said it would now review “other accounts potentially associated with @RealAlexJones or @infowars and will take action if content that violates our rules is reported or if other accounts are utilized in an attempt to circumvent their ban.”

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