Twitter permanently bans conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Marco Rubio fends off Alex Jones on Capitol Hill. Screenshot Cassandra Fairbanks

Twitter has made a decision to permanently ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has a long history of provoking and harassing mass shooting survivors and victims' families, the company announced Thursday via its Twitter Safety account.

The ban comes one month after Facebook, YouTube and Apple removed Jones and Infowars' accounts from their platforms, raising pressure on Twitter to follow suit.

A post on the Twitter Safety account said the company took the action as a response to content posted yesterday after the much publicized senate hearing involving Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Rubio was talking to reporters outside a hearing on foreign influence in social media when Jones started shouting questions at Rubio, at one point putting his hand on Rubio's shoulder.

Jones insisted that Rubio acknowledge his presence and importance.

Twitter's first punishment was minor compared to the repercussions that Jones and InfoWars faced from other tech companies just days before.

Jones interpreted this to mean that Rubio was gonna throw hands, which, admittedly, would be wonderful to watch.

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In response, Rubio said he wouldn't need security's help if Jones kept touching him, saying "I'll take you out myself". "He's weird", he said, asking aloud who Jones was - a question that appeared created to irk Jones.

Infowars provocateur Alex Jones irritated Sen. As you'll see, Jones starts out in his usual worked up state but he becomes belligerent when Rubio claims not to know who he is. I know cocktail shrimp with more backbone than him. Rubio launched into a discussion of the risks of authoritarian governments abusing social media platforms.

"You're not going to get arrested, man", Rubio replied. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) outside of the hearing room.

Jones continues to hurl insults as Rubio walks down the hall, calling out behind him, "Go back to your bathhouse". "You're not going to silence me, you're not going to silence America".

"You really are a little gangster thug", continued Jones.

Rubio called Jones a "dumbass" and tried to laugh off his interruption. "Rubio just threatened me". Even in a fight with Alex Jones.

Ortutay reported from NY.

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