Alex Jones, InfoWars Banned From Twitter Permanently

Due to abusive behavior, the company says
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2018 5:08 PM CDT
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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen building of Capitol Hill on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

(Newser) – Twitter has again suspended Alex Jones of InfoWars infamy. And this time it's permanent, CNN reports. "We took this action based on new reports of tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior police, in addition to the accounts' past violations," Twitter tweeted on Thursday afternoon; InfoWars is also permanently banned. CNBC notes that the ban is related to a confrontation between Jones and a CNN reporter at Capitol Hill on Wednesday that was streamed live on Twitter's Periscope service.

Jones berated Oliver Darcy for several minutes, the AP reports, at one point saying the journalist was smiling "like a possum that crawled out of the rear end of a dead cow" and mocking his "skinny jeans." Other social media platforms, including YouTube and Facebook, have previously given Jones the boot. However, Jones is reportedly back on Facebook as that ban has expired. Between his namesake Twitter account and the InfoWars account, Jones had about 1.3 million followers, per the AP.

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