Following months of public calls for the company to take action, Twitter decided Thursday afternoon to permanently suspend Alex Jones and his website InfoWars from its platform.
The move follows identical decisions from other major tech companies, including YouTube, Facebook, Apple and Spotify. (RELATED: Twitter Suspends Pro-Life Group From Running Ads — Then Reverses After DCNF Inquiry)
Twitter broke the news with a tweet from its official account, citing new reports from users of “abusive behavior.” The company provided the following statement to BuzzFeed News:
“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’ previous 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.
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,”
In August, Jones received a one-week suspension after CNN provided Twitter with a number of instances where his tweets appeared to violate the company’s user policies.
Last month, Apple, Facebook and YouTube announced they would be removing content from Jones and Infowars for violating their terms of service.
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