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Twitter permanently suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Infowars

Twitter Inc. permanently suspended conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his media company Infowars from its platforms, citing a violation of Twitter's policy on abusive conduct.

"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' past violations," the company said in a Sept. 6 tweet from its safety tools and resources account.

Jones was on Capitol Hill on Sept. 5 as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testified on foreign influence operations' use of social media. Dorsey also testified at a second hearing that day about transparency and accountability at his company.

Jones complained to reporters outside the hearings about being "de-platformed" on social media.

In August, Apple Inc., Google LLC, Facebook Inc. and Spotify Technology SA removed many pages affiliated with Infowars on their respective platforms. There has been intense media speculation as to what actions Twitter might take regarding Jones. Dorsey earlier said Jones had been put in a temporary "timeout" on Twitter's platforms.