Twitter Muzzles Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones for a Week

16 August, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Alex Jones suspended from Twitter after tweet calling to end censorship

Dorsey said he resisted banning Jones, the embattled conspiracy theorist and radio host, despite calls to do so, some of which came from inside Twitter.

Twitter has so far held out on taking punitive action against Jones, saying his account and that of InfoWars did not violate the microblogging service's rules. Infowars and Jones, it's worth noting, have enjoyed immeasurable publicity in the last two weeks after getting booted by YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Spotify, Vimeo and others. The company's CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey spent much of last week explaining why Jones had not violated the service's rules while also engaging in discussion about problems with the rules. "We haven't suspended the account but are requiring tweets which contained a broadcast in violation of our rules are deleted", he added in a statement. The InfoWars Twitter account, which has just over 400,000 followers, has also been suspended.

Since founding the far-right platform Infowars in 1999, Jones has promoted theories ranging from the government staging of the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington to the left-wing faking of the Sandy Hook massacre where 26 children and adults were killed at the elementary school in CT.

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But Dorsey, in an interview with The Hill the morning after his company handed down a seven-day suspension to Jones, says its enforcement actions are meant to promote better behavior from its users. But others have defended the choice to ban Jones, citing the anti-hate speech rules and nonviolence policies nearly universally adopted by major internet platforms.

Dorsey wouldn't discuss on the record his talks with Republican lawmakers or his response to calls for him to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but he said that the latest effort is meant to promote transparency about his company and to get across that conservatives have a place on his platform. "But this is consistent with how we enforce".

Jones described his current troubles with tech companies as "like a James Bond movie" in a video posted to the InfoWars Twitter account around 5PM AEST yesterday.

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