Alex Jones, the proponent of some of the worst hoax and conspiracy theories imaginable, has been permanently banned from Twitter:
Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company’s policy against ‘abusive behavior.’ That video showed Jones berating CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for some 10 minutes in between two congressional hearings on social media.
It took a single documented abuse of one reporter for Twitter to finally act:
Twitter allowed Jones and Infowars to rain down abuse on families of mass shooting victims for years on end.
Grieving families being attacked by Jones? Gotta protect free speech, right?
Jones, InfoWars, and all related InfoWars platforms get a pass.
CNN reporter, Oliver Darcy, gets attacked by Jones? That’s abusive behavior and a violation of our rules.
BAM…Jones is banned permanently!
To be fair, Twitter did cite “the accounts’ past violations” as part of the reason for their ban.
Jones’s own YouTube video showing his confrontation with Darcy is not worth watching. I tried and had to stop. It was that bad. I won’t share it here because of that.
Some of Jones’s confrontations with and diatribes against family members of mass shooting victims are far worse in my opinion.
The video that follows was posted on Facebook August 26.
I thought it apropos to share this grieving father’s take on how some of Jones’s hoax and conspiracy theories impacted his life and the lives of his family.
Before going further, all grieving families of victims of mass shootings have my deepest condolences. As the saying goes, “been there, done that”.
Many who’ve chosen to become advocates for gun reform and gun safety also have my deepest gratitude and respect.
A few years ago, I was discussing gun violence with a follower on our Facebook page, The PEACE Challenge. Most of our exchange was civil and respectful…that is until he started down the Sandy Hook hoax conspiracy rabbit hole.
He knew I was a Columbine parent. That didn’t stop him.
He started by encouraging me to look at websites promoting the Sandy Hook hoax theory.
I reminded him that I was a Columbine parent. I also cautioned him to be very careful how he approached his assertions.
Our conversation went something like this:
Him: Please consider what I’m trying to say.
Me: Why would I do that?
Him: Because there’s evidence Sandy Hook was a hoax.
Me: Do you consider Columbine a hoax?
Me: Why not?
Him: Because I live in metro Denver – I saw the school afterward.
Me: So, because you live near where Columbine happened and you saw the results personally, you believe it happened. You don’t live near Sandy Hook, you looked at some websites, and you believe that massacre is a hoax?
Him: Just visit the websites.
Me: No. Sandy Hook happened….end of discussion.
Him: It’s not the end of the discussion.
Me: I’m an admin on our page. If I say it’s over, it’s over.
Him: Don’t threaten me.
Me: BAN HAMMER!
I honestly don’t know if he got his information from Alex Jones and InfoWars or some other sites. Nor do I care.
Not long after my first wife’s suicide by gun, I received a letter from someone trying to convince me she’d been ‘guided’ by the government to commit suicide as part of a covert program they were conducting on private citizens. I turned the letter over to the authorities.
That letter damaged me psychologically and emotionally. Deep down I knew it was idiotic to buy into the ranting of a lunatic. But in my fragile state of mind it had a profound and damaging effect.
If the author of that letter had Alex Jones’s audience, I don’t know what the repercussions for my family might have been.
My heart goes out to the families of gun violence victims who’ve been subjected to the vitriol of Alex Jones and InfoWars.
As for Jones himself, my hope is he finally crawls back under the rock from whence he came and takes his hoax and conspiracy theories with him.
My two cents.
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