Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones banned from Twitter

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones banned from Twitter

Dorsey had come under criticism himself for a series of tweets in which he explained Jones had not been initially suspended because he had not broken the company's content policies.

Twitter, the social media giant, on Tuesday announced that it had placed the account of InfoWars host Alex Jones on read-only status for seven days.

Twitter didn't respond to requests for further comment or make Dorsey available for an interview.

The news was first shared by an InfoWars personality, who tweeted a screenshot of Jones' Twitter account - indicating the company limited some of Jones' account features temporarily. "We haven't suspended the account but are requiring tweets which contained a broadcast in violation of our rules are deleted".

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

Twitter said that Jones, whose Infowars shows have been banned by Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, Apple and others in recent weeks, had posted a new show which violated the company's rules prohibiting violent threats.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked on NBC Nightly News tonight about putting Alex Jones in a "timeout", but he also weighed in on tweets from the President.

It was unclear why the companies were cracking down on Jones now, after allowing him to publish for years. As of last night the site still appeared to have trouble loading, but Gizmodo could not independently confirm the cause.

While we don't mind Jones being treated by a child, it's also hard to feel like this is anything but the last-ditch effort to get some good publicity as other platforms take a stand against bigotry.

Hopefully this seven days of suspension will give Jones some time to think about what he did and. not call mass shootings a hoax or call for violent revolt against journalists.

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