Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Twitter bans Alex Jones from tweeting for seven days

Twitter bans Alex Jones from tweeting for seven days

On Friday, one day after a CNN investigation found that Jones' Twitter accounts appeared to have repeatedly violated the company's rules, Twitter said the accounts belonging to Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars would remain online.

But in a video posted Wednesday to the Twitter account of Jones' "Infowars" show, Jones said the company suspended him and may shut him down completely because he violated its rules by posting a "video I shot last night saying (President Donald) Trump should do something about the censorship of the internet".

Jones has been criticised for conspiracy theories including falsely claiming that the 2012 mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged.

"There's a number of actions that we believe help a call to an incitement of violence, and those are things we need to make sure that we're taking action on", Dorsey said in the interview. Jones will still be able to browse Twitter and send direct messages to his followers, however he won't be able post publicly for seven days.

"You think Alex Jones is going to change his behavior based on a timeout?" askedHolt. But after CNET pointed that out to Twitter, the platform reportedly suspended the InfoWars Periscope account as well.

Apple removed most of Jones's podcasts, AFP confirmed, after the action was initially reported by Buzzfeed.

"Our model right now relies heavily on people reporting violations and reporting things they find suspicious and then we can act on it", he said.

Twitter users responded to the suspension with a collective "Seriously?" Twitter denies that it was targeting conservatives and says that the incident was an error resulting from their efforts to down-rank certain behaviors on the platform. Jones is being sued for defamation related to the claim. "We don't want any of our policies or enforcement or products to make decisions based on viewpoints and ideologies".

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