Alex Jones has been permanently banned from Twitter
InfoWars host Alex Jones has been permanently banned by Twitter, a month after other prominent social networks threw him off their platforms.
In August, the alt-right figurehead was blocked and erased from Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify following years of extremist rants about transgender people, lesbians, drag queens, Muslims and immigrants.
The day after this purge, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision not to follow suit, saying that Jones “hasn’t violated our rules.”
On Wednesday, Jones used Twitter’s live-streaming platform, Periscope, to broadcast his attendance of Dorsey’s US Senate hearing and subsequent haranguing of the Twitter boss—as well as Republican senator Marco Rubio.
The next day, the Twitter Safety account announced: “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 behaviour policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations.
“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 then indirectly warned the hateful conspiracy theorist and his show not to try to get around the ban by using proxy accounts.
“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 utilised in an attempt to circumvent their ban,” the company said.
The anti-trans conspiracy theorist was mocked and accused of hypocrisy last month after accidentally revealing trans porn in his open tabs during a live demonstration of how to use the InfoWars’ website.
Two days later, on his show, Jones tried to explain away the incident, claiming: “Everyone’s had porn pop up on their phones hundreds of times” and adding: “I’ve probably had porn menus pop up 500 times on my phone.”
But this week, an expert took apart his excuses and revealed that Jones had two tabs open which contained trans porn videos.
On InfoWars in July, Jones called for drag queens to be burned alive, addresing them directly when he said: “We’re going to destroy you. You will ascend to Hell in the reverse order.
“They now know fear, because we’re coming like the villagers in the night, with the torches burning bright, with fire. Fire is not the weapon of evil, fire is the weapon of good, and it will consume you.”
In May, he said the Pope was a “demon-possessed creature” who was “as close as you’re gonna get to Satan in the flesh” after the head of the Catholic Church told a gay man that “God made you like this and loves you.”