Alex Jones crashes Marco Rubio interview outside Capitol hearing room

07 September, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Jones accused the senator of wanting to beat him up and called him a "little gangster thug". Marco Rubio as the Florida Republican answered reporters' questions in a hallway.

The Infowars host had originally approached Rubio to ask about social media companies and Jones' belief that they hold bias toward conservative users. After attempting to ignore Jones, Rubio told him, "I don't know who you are, man". "I'm asking you not to touch me".

"I just patted you nicely", responded Jones, adding "I don't wanna get arrested".

Alex Jones
Drew Angerer Getty Images Jones talks to reporters outside the hearing

"You're not going to get arrested". Jack Dorsey didn't take me off Twitter.

At that, Rubio paused to look at Jones and said, "This dude's weird, man". "You're not going to silence me".

It's official: Twitter has permanently banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars. "Rubio just threatened to silence me".

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Despite that pressure, Twitter insisted that Jones and his website had not violated their terms. Even in a fight with Alex Jones.

If you are a neo-Nazi, a Russian bot, Alex Jones, or anyone else spreading lies that endanger lives, you're not entitled to a platform.

Jones disrupted Rubio's press conference with reporters on a Senate hearing in which technology executives from Twitter and Facebook were testifying about foreign influence on their platforms. "This whole Russiagate thing is about delegitimizing the election that the people had in 2016", Jones said.

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Rubio repeatedly told Jones that he didn't know who he was.

Last month, Twitter gave Jones a small punishment for his inflammatory behavior on the platform-a one-week suspension that prevented Jones from tweeting or retweeting from his personal account. Martin Heinrich used one of Jones' debunked conspiracy theories as an example in questioning Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Rubio eventually ended the gaggle to return to committee, leaving the reporters to "talk to this clown".

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Jones is now being sued in Texas by two Sandy Hook parents, seeking at least $1 million (£0.77 million), claiming that they have been the subject of harassment driven by his programs.

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