Consolidated/NewscomTwitter has permanently banned Alex Jones for "abusive behavior", the social media company announced Thursday after completing a new review of the conspiracy theorist's activities.
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.
Before being banned, Jones's Twitter page had accumulated almost 900,000 followers, while the Infowars page had accrued around 430,000.
Twitter had previously suspended Jones for a week.
While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years.
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Twitter's first punishment was minor compared to the repercussions that Jones and InfoWars faced from other tech companies just days before.
He continues by saying Darcy 'smiles like a possum that crawled out of the rear end of a dead cow'. But Twitter did not ban him from its platform then, even after YouTube, Apple and Facebook each kicked him off. You look like a possum that got caught doing some really nasty stuff - in my view. The aggressive encounter was filmed by Jones on Periscope, which is owned by Twitter. "You're a public figure too".
Jones is now active on Facebook; his personal suspension there recently expired. Facebook did not immediately respond to a message asking whether it would also ban Jones.
After talking over Rubio a few times, Jones tapped the senator on the shoulder, as seen in video live-streamed and promoted by Cassandra Fairbanks, a right-wing blogger and an activist. It was a significant move for a company one of its executives once called the "free speech wing of the free speech party".
"We should be extremely careful before rushing to embrace an internet that is moderated by private companies by default", said David Greene, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in an email last month.