Alex Jones Penalized By Twitter


Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who's used the tech services to spread false information.

Late Tuesday, Twitter said it had "limited" Jones' personal account for seven days because he had violated the company's rules. YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and others have removed some of his and InfoWars' content for violating company policies. 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.

In its statement, Twitter mentioned a Periscope video Jones posted calling for targeted harassment and inciting viewers to intimidate people.

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The microblogging site has not suspended his account, but has asked Jones to delete the tweet. Among his claims is that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax.

"I don't know. We have found that it does have the potential to. impact and change behavior", Dorsey said.

He will regain full access to all features next week, with Twitter having been reluctant to follow other technology companies in banning him from its platform completely. But after CNET pointed that out to Twitter, the platform reportedly suspended the InfoWars Periscope account as well.

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Some of those efforts backfired last month after some high-profile Republicans accused Twitter of "shadow-banning" their accounts by restricting users' ability to find them through the search function.

Several ultra-conservative websites showed support for Jones, publicly backing his claim that he was a victim of a plot by Big Tech companies. "We don't want any of our policies or enforcement or products to make decisions based on viewpoints and ideologies".

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