Infowars host and founder Alex Jones crashed the Senate Intel hearing on foreign influence on social media. Jones has struggled since being dropped by the tech giants. A review of traffic on Infowars several weeks after the bans shows that the tech companies drastically reduced Mr. Jones’s reach by cutting off his primary distribution channels: YouTube and Facebook.
Outside of the hearing, Jones stops Florida Senator, (R) Marco Rubio, about conservative censorship online but the Senator denies knowing anything about it. Rubio also claimed to not know anything about Alex Jones or Infowars.
InforWars stated that for the past year, numerous high-profile conservatives have sounded the alarm regarding online censorship, including Diamond & Silk who testified to Congress on this very subject back in April.
The irony is that Rubio, who won reelection as an incumbent with only 52% of the vote, is not immune to the suppression of conservatives; his political future could be in jeopardy if his Republican-leaning supporters are censored, which is a growing possibility.
The conversation gets heated between the two and Rubio says something unbecoming of a politician:
“Who are you?” Rubio responded. “Who is this guy? I swear to God, I don’t know who he is.”
“Infowars!” someone in the crowd of reporters yelled.
“He knows who Infowars is,” Jones responded. “He’s playing a joke over here.” Jones then patted Rubio on the shoulder, to which a bodyguard could be heard quietly stating, “Take your hand off, sir.”
“Don’t touch me again, man,” Rubio said. “I’m just asking you not to touch me.”
After Jones said he was simply tapping Rubio’s shoulder Jones added he “did not want to get arrested.”
“You’re not going to get arrested,” Rubio said. “I’ll take care of you myself.”
It’s pretty obvious that everyone around Rubio felt like that comment was a threat, you can see it in their faces. As soon as Jones points out that he felt that it was, in fact, a threat the interview was cut short and Rubio tells reporters that they can stay and question ‘that clown’, referring to Alex Jones.
As Reported By Business Insider:
Facebook has reportedly removed four videos on pages belonging to InfoWars and its founder, Alex Jones, for violating the company’s community standards, a spokesperson said in a CNN report.
The spokesperson added that the community standards “make it clear” that content that “encourages physical harm [bullying], or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity [hate speech]” is prohibited on the social media site.