Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones banned from Twitter

15 August, 2018, 21:45 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones banned from Twitter

Twitter on Tuesday put temporary limits on the account of Alex Jones, a move that marks the latest restriction by a Silicon Valley company on the controversial conspiracy theorist and radio host.

As Dorsey addressed Jones' suspension and Twitter's general effort to penalize users inciting violence, Holt said that "a timeout seems minor compared to the implications of someone suggesting a call to arms against a particular group". And in response to Twitter's ban, Jones trotted over to Periscope and published a 13-minute rant about censorship. "We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else's voice".

Jones won't be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account for seven days, though he will be able to browse Twitter.

The Twitter account for Infowars, the media website founded by Mr. Jones, was not affected. Twitter instructed Jones to delete the tweets, which he has done. Twitter would have required those tweets to be deleted, if they were to have remained up.

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A few weeks ago, InfoWars host Alex Jones was banned by almost every digital platform, including YouTube as well as Apple, Facebook, and Spotify, but Twitter didn't make a move in the same direction.

However, InfoWars apps remain available through the Google Play store and Apple's app store.

Among his claims is that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax.

Facebook said in early August it removed four pages belonging to Jones "for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks [the company's] Community Standards".

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