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Twitter permanently BANS Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, citing 'abusive behavior'

Twitter permanently BANS Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, citing 'abusive behavior'

After further pressuring, the firm suspended Jones from Twitter for a week in August.

Twitter also said that it "will take action" if in the future it discovers other accounts being used to get around the ban of Jones and InfoWars. Twitter says Jones posted a video on Wednesday that is in violation of the company's policy against "abusive behavior".

Before that hearing, Jones spotted a reporter waiting in the hall outside the meeting room, and Jones proceeded to berate the journalist, who has covered Jones' website and his suspensions from social media. That came after users flagged a video that Jones posted to Twitter in which he encouraged his supporters to ready their weapons against the media and other groups. Facebook followed up by suspending Jones for 30 days, while YouTube terminated his account after it found Jones violated the company's Community Guidelines.

There's something to be said that it took Jones harassing Dorsey, a fellow white man, to his face for Dorsey to take action. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified at both hearings, but did not appear to witness the confrontation. "Glad Twitter is taking steps to put an end to the abusive behavior from Alex Jones & Infowars", the tweet stated. CNN even provided Dorsey with a list of seven tweets that violated the site's terms of use, and yet only now is Jones finally banned, after there could be no way for Twitter to talk its way around letting him remain on the platform. At one of the sessions, Dorsey denied that Twitter had any biases against conservative voices after Republican lawmakers repeatedly brought up the subject.

Last month, Spotify led the charge by removing every episode of the Alex Jones Show from the streaming site.

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.

Among other claims, he has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting a hoax.

While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones his reputation was 'amazing'.