Instead, it intensified, he said, inflamed by Jones's enormous public platform on Infowars
. The families' lawsuit filed in Connecticut argues that the stories Jones promotes are designed to create an audience and a market for his retail store that sells nutritional supplements and other items.
responded to the ban by saying it "amounts to editorial control over user content - and a donation in kind to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate."
Facebook, meanwhile, suspended him for 30 days and took down four of his pages, including two for Infowars
San Francisco: US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Facebook for bullying and hate speech and is close to having pages tied to him and his Infowars
website removed from the platform, the social media network said on Friday.
Jones says Trump called to promise he would return to the program to thank the Infowars
audience, an extraordinary gesture for an incoming president whose schedule is packed with calls from world leaders and the enormous task of overseeing the transition.
Alluding to a concussion Clinton suffered four years ago, Trump said at a rally in August that "she took a little short-circuit in the brain--she's got problems." He added, "Honestly, 1 don't think she's all there." Days before Trump first broached the subject, Infowars
published a video, "The Truth About Hillary's Bizarre Behavior," which has had more than 4.7 million views.
Fortis has hired Norm Pattis, the same lawyer that represented Infowars
host Alex Jones and was criticized for posting racial comments on Facebook.
Among those who have their accounts removed were far-right wing conspiracy theorists, Alex Jones, host of right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars
, its UK editor, Paul Joseph Watson, ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in addition to Paul Nehlen and Laura Loomer, an anti-Islamic activist who had a large presence on the internet.
So did Watson, who rose to popularity as editor-at-large at Infowars
and has nearly a million followers on the site.
Facebook said it has removed Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Infowars
from Facebook and Instagram, saying that such accounts have violated the company's policies against dangerous individuals and organizations, the Verge's Casey Newton reports.
Earlier this year, Apple removed podcasts produced by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars
from iTunes and Apple's Podcast app.