InfoWars founder Alex Jones stunned many on Wednesday by storming a hearing on Capitol Hill where Facebook and Twitter executives are testifying about censorship on the social media platforms, according to New York Post.
Jones, who has been largely censored from Twitter, Facebook, and many other platforms, said he wanted to “face his accusers.” Jones said he stormed the Senate hearing because he wanted libertarian and conservative voices to be heard. During a confrontation with Rubio, Jones yelled, “Democrats are doig what you say China is!” Then Rubio said he’d ‘take care of’ Jones himself.
Fox News wrote, “Rubio had been talking to reporters in the hall about his concerns that China and other governments could demand social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter crack down on dissidents ahead of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.”
The Democrats are doing what you say China does,” Jones yelled as he stood next to Rubio, saying tech companies and Democrats are “purging” and shadow banning conservatives. “Republicans are acting like it isn’t happening. Thank God [President] Trump is.” The report continued:
A visibly irritated Rubio objected to the interruptions: “I just don’t know who you are, man.” Jones accused Rubio of playing dumb and called him a “snake” and a “little frat boy.”
“Alright man, who are you? Who is this guy? I swear to God I don’t know who you are,” a smiling Rubio shot back.
During the altercation, Jones patted Rubio on the back, at which point the Florida senator took a more serious tone and security closed in.
“Hey don’t touch me again, man, I’m asking you not to touch me,” Rubio said, to which Jones said he “just patted you nicely.”
“I know, but I don’t want to be touched by you, I don’t know who you are.” Rubio said.
At that point, Jones said Rubio wanted him arrested.
Jones also predicted that the Trump administration would take action within “two weeks” to address strong evidence suggesting social media platforms are suppressing and censoring conservative outlets and voices.
“Judgment day politically is here,” Jones told a group of reporters. “Attempts to intimidate the American people, attempts to silence us and bully me and others into submission in this globalist system are not going to work.”
Jones has been outright banned from many social platforms, largely barred from Facebook, and was slapped with a seven-day suspension by Twitter for allegedly violating its community standards and policies.
The InfoWars founder said the mainstream media has taken his comments and posts out of context to smear him, and that tech giants are colluding with Democratic lawmakers to take down his websites and other conservative voices.
“We have been getting information to the president, briefs on this. I told people a month ago he was going to take action. He started doing that,” Jones said.
“The president needs to move forward with a push for a blue ribbon commission on defense of the First Amendment,” Jones argued. “He needs to move now with executive orders exposing this new kind of campaign finance violation and in-kind gifts to the Democrats by big tech.”
While liberals and the mainstream media brush Jones off as a conspiratorial nut job, his concerns over conservatives being censored and suppressed on social platforms like Twitter and Facebook have merit.
In fact, Facebook came under fire a few weeks ago for blocking a California republican Asian woman’s campaign from using a video in an advertisement on the social media platform because it was determined to be “shocking, disrespectful or sensational.”
It was a video featuring her American immigrant parents, who she said survived “brutalities by the Khmer Rouge communists during the Cambodian Civil War.”
This is just one of many examples of Facebook reportedly taking action to promote liberal websites while suppressing conservative ones.
Sadly, Twitter appears to not be much better. Many others have issued similar complaints as Jones, arguing that their reach and tweet visibility has been stifled since the 2016 presidential election.
Many conservatives and proponents of free speech will applaud Jones’ efforts to demand all voices are treated equally, something tech giants apparently forgot is detailed in the First Amendment.
Lol Alex Jones at the Senate https://t.co/FmkmQvGpFz
— Will Chamberlain ?? (@willchamberlain) September 5, 2018
— Nancy (@Nancykatydid) September 5, 2018