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Twitter: So long, Alex Jones
Twitter permanently banned the accounts of Infowars and its founder, Austin resident Alex Jones, for violating the site’s “abusive behavior” rules.
Multiple news outlets reported Thursday that the ban appears to be related to an exchange between Jones and CNN reporter Oliver Darcy earlier this week. Jones live-streamed the confrontation on Periscope, calling Darcy “the equivalent of like the Hitler Youth.”
Twitter quickly took action, announcing the ban in a series of tweets Thursday.
Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations. https://t.co/gckzUAV8GL— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
"We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts' past violations," the company tweeted. "We wanted to be open about this action given the broad interest in this case."
The site’s ban comes weeks after Jones’ accounts were removed by YouTube, Facebook and others. Twitter had received criticism for being one of the few sites that still allowed Jones and Infowars.
For years, Jones has peddled conspiracy theories through his platforms. He has claimed, for example, that the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax. Some of the parents whose children were killed at Sandy Hook have filed a defamation lawsuit against the host.
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