Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and radio-TV shock-jock Alex Jones exchanged insults outside a Capitol Hill hearing on social media hearing. Jones interrupted Rubio’s press conference and called the Florida senator "little frat boy." Rubio responded, "Don't touch me again, man."
Rubio also laughingly called Jones a "dumbass." Tensions appeared to escalate after Rubio ordered Jones not to touch him after Jones placed his hand on the senator’s shoulder while reporters watched. "Hey, don't touch me again, man. I’m asking you not to touch me again," Rubio said.
Here's the rough video of Alex Jones confronting Marco Rubio.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 5, 2018
Rubio claimed to not know who Jones was, then got triggered when Jones patted him on the back.
Rubio claimed he knew nothing about Big Tech deplatforming conservatives. pic.twitter.com/MdOQrRWDhj
"Well, sure, I just patted you nicely," Jones replied. "I don't know who you are. You're not gonna get arrested man, you're not gonna get arrested, I’ll take care of it myself," Rubio said, after Jones asked if he was going to have him arrested. "Oh, you'll beat me up. Look at him he's so mad," Jones said. "You're not going to silence me. You're not gonna silence America. You are a little gangster thug. Rubio just threatened to physically take care of me."
Jones continued to taunt Rubio as the latter walked back to the committee hearing. "Look at this little frat boy, he's so cool. Go back to your bathhouse. There goes Rubio, little punk," Jones said.
Jones is the founder and host of Infowars and PrisonPlanet. After Apple, Facebook, and Google took steps to remove him from their platforms, Twitter gave him a “time out.” Jones has denounced the media giants and claimed that they are unduly censoring him. “As the president says, it is a witch hunt, but it's beyond a witch hunt," Jones said earlier today.
Appearing before the Senate, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey conceded to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), "We simply haven't done enough," after the senator noted that Twitter has taken down more than 3,800 accounts linked to the Russian government-linked Internet Research Agency. Collins said that these fake accounts "spread conspiracy theories and false claims of voter fraud." Collins noted that one of the Twitter accounts claimed to represent the Kentucky GOP. "In this particular case, we didn't have enough communication going out in terms of what was seen and what was tweeted and what people were falling into," Dorsey told Collins.
Facebook was represented by COO Sheryl Sandberg. Google was scored by senators because the tech giant refrained from sending a top executive. Dorsey and Sandberg faced a number of topics. For example, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) asked Dorsey if Twitter users are alerted when their are interacting with fake accounts. The two execs were also questioned about how they are handling "deep fakes," digitally manipulated audio and video.
Warner criticized Google for its absence, saying, "Google has an immense responsibility in this space." During his opening comments, Warner said, "Given its size and influence, I would have thought the leadership at Google would want to demonstrate how seriously it takes these challenges and to lead this important public discussion."