Alex Jones on Friday accused Twitter of permanently suspending his accounts to suppress conservative content prior to the November 2018 midterm elections, calling the purge a culmination of critics from the corporate media colluding against him.
Reacting during a telephone interview with The Washington Times, the right-wing Infowars publisher and host of “The Alex Jones Show” claimed that Twitter permanently removed two of his accounts Thursday as part of the company’s alleged effort to influence social media content in the months before the midterms.
“They are clearly ahead of the midterms trying to manipulate the election,” Mr. Jones said. “This violates federal election laws, it violates [the Sherman Antitrust Act], it just violates everything that’s near and dear to this country.”
Twitter permanently banned accounts belonging to Mr. Jones and his Infowars website Thursday, roughly a month after companies including Apple, Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Spotify punted either from their platforms amid an abrupt purge that obliterated his internet reach and ignited a fiery free speech discussion.
The latest suspension came a day after Mr. Jones confronted several people on Capitol Hill during Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s testimonies in the House and the Senate, including Oliver Darcy, a CNN media reporter he accused of lobbying companies into suspending his accounts through his coverage.
Mr. Jones berated Mr. Darcy at length while broadcasting live on Periscope, a Twitter-owned video service, calling him “an anti-American, anti-free speech coward,” “literally the equivalent of the Stasi,” “literally a sociopath,” “a congenital liar” and “like the Hitler Youth.”
Twitter subsequently banned both the @RealAlexJones and @InfoWars accounts, citing tweets and videos that violated the company’s policy against abusive behavior, in addition to past violations.
Mr. Darcy did not responded to a message seeking comment Friday.
“I confront my accusers with the horrible anti-American activities they’re involved in. They then roll over like 5-year-old babies and scream, ‘I’m being bullied. Kick Alex Jones off because he called me a liar to my face,’ ” Mr. Jones told The Times.
On the heels of President Trump recently setting his sights on Silicon Valley over supposed anti-conservative bias, Mr. Jones added that he believes his Twitter suspension proves companies are selectively engaged in political censorship.
“They are having their cake and eating it too. They are being political. They are picking and choosing, they’re discriminating, and they’re betting everything that Trump won’t come after them, but he is beginning to come after them,” Mr. Jones told The Times.
“I think the most important thing is for Congress and the president to act. Democrats are a clear and present danger with big tech and the corporate media colluding to violate Americans’ civil rights,” he added.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly accused tech companies of bias in recent days, and on Wednesday he alleged without evidence that Twitter and others interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
“I mean, the true interference in the last election was that — if you look at all, virtually all of those companies are super liberal companies. They were in favor of Hillary Clinton. Now maybe I did a better job because I’m good with the Twitter and I’m good at social media, but the truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton side,” Mr. Trump told The Daily Caller.
Mr. Dorsey denied allegations of anti-conservative bias during congressional testimony earlier this week, and a Twitter spokesperson cited his previous remarks when reached for comment.
Twitter does not “consider political viewpoints, perspectives or party affiliation in any of our policies or enforcement decisions. Period. Impartiality is our guiding principle,” Mr. Dorsey had said.
Mr. Jones’ Twitter account had about 900,000 followers prior to being banned Thursday, and the Infowars account boasted roughly half that amount.