Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week

Cristina Cross
August 16, 2018

Jones has been banned from virtually every major social media platform over the past week, including Facebook and YouTube, but the conspiracy theorist has remained incredibly active on Twitter.

Twitter has struggled to articulate a clear stance in recent weeks as its counterparts, starting with Apple, removed Jones' content in rapid succession. Much like Facebook, Twitter's policy calls for temporary suspension after an account repeatedly violates company rules.

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

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Twitter spox confirms to me that the company has limited key functions on Alex Jones' account after determining he violated another one of network's policies.

The apparent change of heart reflects a Twitter still grasping to its roots as a free-wheeling Wild West of the internet in an age where online words can have serious real-life consequences.

Dorsey also appeared on NBC News calling the suspension of Jones a "timeout".

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CNN reviewed Jones's tweets last week and discovered that contrary to the company's own statements, Alex Jones has violated Twitter's rules regarding hate speech and incitement. He'd used those companies' services as outlets for his show, in which he's claimed that the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax (false) and that the student survivors of a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school were "crisis actors" (false).

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. "We'll enforce if he does".

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