Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones and Infowars

As a CNBC reporter tried to interview Marco Rubio outside a Senate hearing on interference in US elections, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones interrupted repeatedly, speaking over Rubio and even reaching out to touch the senator, prompting a warning to back off.

As the senator received questions from other reporters, Jones continued to talk over him. "I'm asking you not to touch me".

The exchange became heated once Jones touched Rubio's shoulder, which prompted Rubio to say, 'Hey, don't touch me again, man'. "I'll take care of it myself", Rubio said. And from there we're off to the races with Jones saying, "You're not going to silence me". "You're not going to silence me".

Jones responded, "Oh, he'll beat me up!" "You are literally like a little gangster-thug". "Rubio just threatened to physically fight me".

Alex Jones has sent his last tweet.

After almost a month of user complaints and temporary suspensions, both Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory website, Infowars, have been permanently banned by Twitter.

But eventually, Jones ran afoul of social media's terms of service.

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Jones had about 900,000 followers on Twitter and Infowars had about 430,000 before the ban.

"Our Community Standards make it clear that we prohibit content that encourages physical harm, or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity [hate speech]", Facebook said at the time in a public statement.

It was quite a performance, even for the incendiary Jones, whose website, Infowars, has peddled theories that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, that Hillary Clinton is a demon, and that Democrats run a global child-sex ring.

"I know you've got to cover them, but you give these guys way too much attention", Rubio told reporters on Capitol Hill. That's why you didn't get elected. Jones retorts, "Look at this little frat boy".

Jones also appeared to try to confront Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, after their Senate testimony.

Shot back Jones, "Go back to your bathhouse".

Twitter is one of the few social media networks that has allowed Jones and his InfoWars website to keep publishing on its platform.

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