Alex Jones, the conspiracy theory peddler behind Infowars who has claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was fake, was permanently suspended from Twitter on Thursday.
The company said both @realalexjones and @infowars were banned from Twitter and Periscope "based on new reports of tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts' past violations." Twitter's policy prohibits users from making "excessively aggressive insults that target an individual, including content that contains slurs or similar language."
Jones, who had about 896,000 followers before getting booted from Twitter, spent his Wednesday in Washington, where he attended a Senate hearing featuring Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, then got into an argument with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). He also confronted CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, telling him he has "the eyes of a rat," streaming the encounter on Periscope. Jones was booted from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple last month. Catherine Garcia
Citing the costs of dealing with repeat vandalism and political protests, the city council of West Hollywood, California, voted Monday to remove President Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The vote was unanimous, and the council described it as an opportunity "to take a stand on their values in support of women and against disturbing treatment of women."
The proposal will now be sent to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), the Los Angeles City Council, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the latter of which will have final say over whether the star is removed. If the chamber agrees, Trump's will be the first star to go in Walk of Fame history.
Trump was awarded his star in 2007. It honors his work as a Miss Universe pageant producer, which he fulfilled as a co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization. The current star is not the original, as a previous version — also a replacement — was destroyed with a pickaxe late last month. Bonnie Kristian