Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

'Don't touch me,' Senator Rubio tells conspiracy theorist Jones

'Don't touch me,' Senator Rubio tells conspiracy theorist Jones

Twitter is permanently banning right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show for abusive behavior.

Jones had about 900,000 followers on Twitter.

Twitter had previously suspended Jones for a week. 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' previous violations.

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 United States politics.

Darcy has aggressively questioned social media companies about the forbearance they showed Jones, asking why they have allowed him to remain on their platforms for as long as they have.

After attempting to answer a few more questions over Jones' continued commentary, Rubio, who sits on the Senate panel, told reporters "you guys can talk to this clown", before walking off. Dorsey testified at both hearings, but did not appear to witness the confrontation.

There's something to be said that it took Jones harassing Dorsey, a fellow white man, to his face for Dorsey to take action.

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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.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.

His organization, InfoWars, spreads demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues, including claiming that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a CT elementary school.

This comes after a long period of time in which professionals and social media users alike criticized Dorsey for his inaction against Jones.

Jones is now being sued in Texas by two Sandy Hook parents, seeking at least $1 million (£0.77 million), claiming that they have been the subject of harassment driven by his programs. He has sought to have the lawsuit dismissed.

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