Things We Saw Today: Twitter Puts Alex Jones In a Time-Out

Twitter suspends Alex Jones for a week for inciting violence

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been banned from multiple social media platforms in the past few weeks.

Twitter issued the seven-day suspension after a user flagged the tweet and the company determined that it violated its rules against inciting violence.

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.

"So, people need to have their battle rifles and everything ready at their bedsides and you got to be ready because the media is so disciplined in their deception", Jones said on the video.

Apparently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey thinks the best way to deal with Alex Jones is to treat him like a 5-year-old.




"We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules", Dorsey said last week.

Jones described his current troubles with tech companies as "like a James Bond movie" in a video posted to the InfoWars Twitter account around 5PM AEST yesterday. The InfoWars Twitter account, which has just over 400,000 followers, has also been suspended. Jones said on his program that he had instructed his staff to do so and "take the super high road", though he contested whether the tweets violated any Twitter rules.

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.

Jones has been criticised for conspiracy theories including falsely claiming that the 2012 mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged.

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. Jones is being sued for defamation related to the claim.

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