Twitter announced Thursday that it “permanently suspended” Alex Jones and his show InfoWars from their platform, as well as Periscope. The announcement came via tweet from Twitter Safety, who said the decision was made “based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations.” It wasn’t immediately clear which tweets and videos Twitter was referring to. Jones, who has spread conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, has previously been banned from sites like Facebook and YouTube for violations of their terms of service. Facebook said it had removed four pages related to InfoWars for violating hate speech and bullying policies. Jones claims he is being politically targeted. In follow-up tweets, Twitter said they “wanted to be open about this action” due to public interest. “As we continue to increase transparency around our rules and enforcement actions, we wanted to be open about this action given the broad interest in this case. We do not typically comment on enforcement actions we take against individual accounts, for their privacy,” Twitter said. “We will continue to evaluate reports we receive regarding other accounts potentially associated with @realalexjones or @infowars and will take action if content that violates our rules is reported or if other accounts are utilized in an attempt to circumvent their ban.” Word of Jones’ fate on the social media platform came a day after he clashed with Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio after interrupting an interview. During Wednesday’s dust-up between Rubio and Jones, the lawmaker was recorded discussing with reporters his worries that China and other governments could demand social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter crackdown on dissidents. The conversation came prior to a Senate Intellgence Committe hearing. When Jones approached, he accused Democrats of “doing what you say China does” and said tech companies and Democrats are “purging” and shadow banning conservatives. The remarks led to an impassioned exchange of words between the pair, before Rubio ultimately went into the hearing.
Anyone who truly cares about free speech should be terrified after reading that. Alex Jones isn’t the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree..and can be a complete tool. The way he confronted Sen. Mario Rubio (R-FL) in the hall was obnoxious and low class…and that’s being nice. But, Alex has just as much right to spout his conspiratorial nonsense, and obnoxiousness, as the next guy. And, hey.. To be fair, every once in a rare while he, or his staff, uncover something actually newsworthy…worth actually reading. In the interest of full disclosure, here at The Daily Buzz we’ve posted about a half dozen or so articles from the InfoWars site over the last 4.5 years we’ve been here. Again, it’s been pretty rare. But, it’s not about whether you agree with Alex, or anyone else for that matter. It’s whether they have the right to voice their views like everyone else. I mean c’mon.. We all have had to put up with idiots like Jerry Springer, and Maury, for decades. How is this any different? And, while FaceBook and Twitter are private companies that have the right to censor anything they want.. They are also a bit of a monopoly on social media. As such, Congress is taking a very hard look at social media and considering regulating them. Also, it’s clear their platforms are not favorable to Republicans and conservatives. So, there is that element as well which is another cause for concern. But, again, as it relates to Alex and InfoWars.. This is something that we should ALL be very concerned about, regardless of political party affiliation or persuasion…and not be so quick to cheer that Alex was shut down and censored.