Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was giving an interview with reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday when he found himself suddenly accosted by InfoWars founder Alex Jones, who was in the building to attend a hearing on supposed Silicon Valley "censorship" of conservatives.
After further pressuring, the firm suspended Jones from Twitter for a week in August.
Twitter had previously resisted calls to ban Alex Jones, though it prevented him from posting on his account for a week last month. Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company's policy against "abusive behavior".
The video in question showed Jones shouting at and berating Oliver Darcy, a CNN journalist, for some 10 minutes in between two congressional hearings focused on social media.
Darcy has aggressively questioned social media companies about the forbearance they showed Jones, asking why they have allowed him to remain on their platforms for as long as they have. 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. Jones and his followers have been harassing users for years; namely the parents of the Sandy Hook victims and others who have spoken out against gun violence.
In the video, Jones confronts Darcy by calling him 'the equivalent of like the Hitler Youth'.
At one point, he said Darcy was "smiling like a possum that crawled out of the rear end of a dead cow".
Twitter now joins YouTube as a social media platform that won't have anything to do with Jones or InfoWars.
There's something to be said that it took Jones harassing Dorsey, a fellow white man, to his face for Dorsey to take action.
Twitter's first punishment was minor compared to the repercussions that Jones and InfoWars faced from other tech companies just days before.
He now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech. Thus far, efforts to hold Jones accountable to the community guidelines of sites he leveraged have resulted in a almost 50 per cent loss of viewership to Infowars.