Twitter became the latest tech company to ban Infowars and its founder Alex Jones from its services. The company announced with a series of tweets on Thursday afternoon that it had permanently banned Jones and Infowars from Twitter and Periscope following tweets posted Wednesday.
“Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. 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,” the company wrote.
Jones had traveled to Washington D.C. Wednesday to attend a congressional hearing that included testimony by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. On the sidelines of the hearing, Jones harassed CNN’s Oliver Darcy during an Infowars live stream on Twitter’s Periscope service, according to a Buzzfeed report.
Jones and Infowars had previously been banned by YouTube, Apple and Facebook. Twitter allowed the far-right website to remain on its platform, but instituted a temporary penalty in early August, preventing Jones from posting new content for seven days.
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Jones and Infowars have frequently posted conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as the Sandy Hook school shooting. More recently, Jones made headlines for posting hateful speech about Muslims and transgender people, along with posting a video that displayed child endangerment.