Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week

Minnie Murray
August 16, 2018

Then Twitter responded to a CNN investigation by admitting that some Jones tweets were in violation, and deleted them.

Twitter issued the seven-day suspension after a user flagged the tweet and the company determined that it violated its rules against inciting violence. One of the key issues surrounded Alex Jones, the host of Infowars, who was recently purged from almost every major social media website - except Twitter.

Dorsey said he resisted banning Jones, the embattled conspiracy theorist and radio host, despite calls to do so, some of which came from inside Twitter. Twitter's temporary ban of Jones was first reported by CNET. Jones previously described the mass shooting as a hoax "with actors".

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

Jones remains active on other platforms, including on Twitter via the InfoWars account, where he has posted a video response to his suspension.

It's the latest development involving the Infowars founder and his crusade to push the boundaries of what Silicon Valley companies will tolerate in terms of hateful speech, harassment and misinformation.

Holt asked Dorsey if he believes that Jones' purge from social media will cause Jones to change the way he acts or think about some of his past comments in a different light, Dorsey replied: "Whether it works within this case to change some of those behaviors and change some of those actions, I don't know". Jones makes an estimated $US18 million ($25 million) per year through his online sales of everything from emergency survival food to concealable body armour.

Jones is still posting on Infowars. Last week, the company was a notable exception after a wave of other major tech companies banned Jones and his main channels.

Pinterest also removed the InfoWars account.

Dorsey later took to Twitter and admitted that the timeout might be ineffective.

Gizmodo reached out to Twitter but had not heard back at time of writing.

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