Twitter has permanently removed Alex Jones’ and InfoWars’ accounts.
The social media platform has bowed to the pressure to follow the example of Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, and others, which last month purged the conservative activist and conspiracy theorist over charges of hate speech, in a move many saw as disturbingly partisan, Orwellian, and constituting possible midterm campaign interference.
The move has come after Jones attended several Congressional hearings in which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was testifying, first before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and then the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Twitter and Dorsey have drawn increasing fire over their blatant and admitted political bias in dealing with alleged hate speech, to the point that President Trump called out “social media” for “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.”
Jones used his Twitter and Periscope to broadcast himself live throughout the hearings and attempted confrontations, such as with Marco Rubio, with whom he had a tense exchange culminating with Rubio physically threatening the conservative activist.
The political and media classes and the left have long had Jones in their sights, and after the initial spat of bans Twitter received loud criticisms for not also removing the man who has alleged that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, and who compared anti-gun activist David Hogg to the Nazis. At the time, Dorsey stated that Jones did not deserve a ban as he had not violated their rules.
This has apparently changed, with Twitter’s official account stating: “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.”
In Alex Jones’ official statement, he said: “I was taken down not because we lie but because we tell the truth, and because we were popular. And because we dared go to that committee hearing and stand up to Rubio and stand up to the lies of mainstream media.”
Those who wish to support Jones and his work can find his content on his website, infowars.com.