Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Twitter bans Alex Jones from tweeting for seven days

Twitter bans Alex Jones from tweeting for seven days

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.

Apple removed most of Jones's podcasts, AFP confirmed, after the action was initially reported by Buzzfeed. And in response to Twitter's ban, Jones trotted over to Periscope and published a 13-minute rant about censorship.

Twitter last night suspended for seven days the political provocateur Alex Jones.

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Dorsey and Twitter have come under criticism for not following suit and permanently removing Jones and his "verified" account with 889,000 followers from the service.

He mentions taking action in courts, among other things, and says "people need to have their battle rifles ready".

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. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained in a tweet thread that Jones hadn't violated company rules at the time, but the company would act if he did so in the future. Along with a temporary hold on tweeting, the InfoWars account will also be prohibited from retweeting, liking or following new users.

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The microblogging site said it had asked Jones late Tuesday to delete the tweet that contained a video, which according to a company spokesman had a segment that is an "incitement to violence".

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.

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