Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars, citing abuse

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

While Rubio was talking, Jones approached him and accused him of ignoring the plight of his website after its page got deleted from several major social media platforms because it alleged, among other things, that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a "hoax".

Twitter had previously resisted calls to ban Alex Jones.

The move came a day after President Donald Trump's administration warned of a possible legal crackdown on big technology companies over political bias, a bombshell announcement that came as social media executives including Twitter's Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey were defending their policies before lawmakers.

Jones, who is the controversial InfoWars founder, repeatedly interrupted Rubio while he was attempting to answer questions from reporters during a recess in the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on foreign use of social media to influence U.S. politics. He broadcast his attacks on Darcy using Periscope, the live-streaming site owned by Twitter. Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company's policy against "abusive behaviour".

Dorsey testified at both hearings, but did not appear to witness the confrontation.

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

Jones heckled Darcy in a Capitol Hill hallway where reporters were waiting to enter the House committee room.

Jones shouted at Darcy for more than ten minutes, accusing him of being in favour of censorship and insulting his appearance, comparing him to "a rat" and told Darcy he was "evil-looking".

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

Radio host Alex Jones showed up before a Senate hearing on social media to blast the Democratic party, the leading tech companies and others, claiming they are working together to silence conservative voices ahead of the midterm elections. That's what you look like.

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

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

But a week later Twitter joined the other tech companies in muzzling Jones, even if it was only for a week.

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