[Ed. – There’s no doubt this has an aspect of political bias to it. That said, the immediate pretext is Jones’ misuse of Twitter’s Periscope video as part of haranguing CNN journo Oliver Darcy during a break in the social media hearings on the Hill this week. Jones used Periscope to webcast himself pursuing Darcy and pelting him with questions when Darcy didn’t want to talk. One need have no particular sympathy for Darcy to recognize that Twitter has the right to say this violates the terms of service for its Periscope tool.]
Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform.
The company said Jones won’t be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. In a tweet, it said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Jones or Infowars, and will “take action” if it finds any attempts to circumvent the ban.
Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company’s policy against “abusive behavior.” That video showed Jones berating CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for some 10 minutes in between two congressional hearings on social media. Dorsey testified at both hearings, but did not appear to witness the confrontation.