Twitter Suspends Conspiracy Theorist, InfoWars Founder Alex Jones for a Week

Lula Sharp
August 15, 2018

While Jones and his sympathizers have cried censorship following the actions of YouTube, Facebook, Apple and others, internet-content platforms specifically reserve the right to suspend users or delete content found to violate of their guidelines - indeed, Infowars' own terms of service includes such a provision.

The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready against media and others.

Facebook, YouTube and Apple earlier this month took steps to remove Jones from their services.

Following the purge of Infowars from multiple social media platforms, Alex Jones managed to continue to operate on Twitter with few issues - much to the displeasure of CNN.

A Twitter spokesperson said the action was taken for tweets containing a video that was in violation of the company's rules on abusive behaviour and inciting violence.

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This means Jones is only allowed to view his Twitter account, but is prohibited from posting content or from interacting with his almost 900,000 follower base.

But the catch is that Jones' ban will last just seven days-the InfoWars host will not be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account during that week. Twitter would have required those tweets to be deleted, if they were to have remained up. Twitter's temporary ban of Jones was first reported by CNET.

But Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company's decision last week not to ban Jones, saying he did not break any rules.

Even so, a seven-day suspension is a slap on the wrist when compared to punishments dished out to Jones by other companies.

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