In addition, Twitter has banned Jones and Infowars from its livestreaming service, Periscope, where Jones regularly broadcast and boasted a large following.
A post on the Twitter Safety account said the company took the action as a response to content posted yesterday after the much publicized senate hearing involving Facebook and Twitter.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, a Twitter spokesperson attributed the ban on to a heated confrontation with CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, which was broadcast on Periscope. Jones is quoted as saying Darcy had “the eyes of a rat,” and accused CNN of wishing to police the Internet.
Twitter is perhaps the last major tech platform to permanently ban Jones. It follows several other companies — including Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and Facebook — severing ties with the conspiracy theorist, citing hate speech.
Jones has claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting was a “false flag” operation. He has argued that the September 11 terrorist attacks were a government conspiracy, and has even claimed that vaccines are dangerous.
Twitter’s reluctance to act upon Jones has earned it a significant share of scorn. This reached a fever pitch when it transpired that Jack Dorsey had interceded directly in order to prevent Twitter staffers from deleting Jones’ account.
The company did, however, issue Jones with a temporary seven day ban last month after he broadcast a video where he encouraged his viewers to “act on the enemy before they do a false flag.”