Twitter suspends far-right conspiratorial commentator Alex Jones

Emmett Rice
August 16, 2018

Twitter has suspended the United States conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week for breaking its rules against abusive behaviour.

During this time Jones can not sent tweets or retweets. Jones won't be able to tweet or retweet, though he will be able to browse Twitter during this time. Then Twitter responded to a CNN investigation by admitting that some Jones tweets were in violation, and deleted them.

He mentions taking action in courts, among other things, and says "people need to have their battle rifles ready".

Buzzfeed News reports that the InfoWars account has been suspended for seven days as well.

Twitter is one of the only major social media companies that has not scrubbed its platform of Jones or InfoWars.

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This punishment is light compared with Apple, YouTube and Spotify, which permanently removed material Jones had published.

In the wake of being named an ally against "globalists," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has chose to temporarily limit Alex Jones's twitter account, describing it as a "timeout" and saying that "Any suspension, whether it be a permanent one or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors". "We don't want any of our policies or enforcement or products to make decisions based on viewpoints and ideologies".

As NPR's David Folkenflik has noted, "The ideas that Jones shares are particularly noxious, the idea that Sandy Hook massacre of schoolchildren was a hoax, the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, and other things".

Yesterday, the main web domain for experienced what Jones described as an online attack, supposedly a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack - which occurs when a website is artificially overloaded with visitors, causing it to shut down.

"I'm not even anxious about me at this point, this is so authoritarian, it's just insane how these foreign corporations got control of the U.S.", said Jones in a video that was uncharacteristically subdued in tone.

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