Twitter Suspends Infowars’ Alex Jones For Inciting Violence Against Reporters, Others
After holding out for a few weeks, Twitter joined the chorus of social media and tech giants that have punished conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for questionable content.
According to The New York Times, Twitter suspended Jones from his account on Tuesday after he tweeted out a link to a video in which he calls for his supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready for the media and others.
But the catch is that Jones’ ban will last just seven days —the InfoWars host will not be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account during that week.
In recent weeks, tech companies have had to wrestle with how to handle Jones and his inflammatory posts. YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and others have removed some of his and InfoWars’ content for violating company policies. Facebook issued Jones a 30-day ban from its site for repeatedly posting prohibited content, and Youtube terminated Jones’ channel for violating its Community Guidelines.
Twitter’s suspension comes after the company defended its decision to allow Jones and InfoWars to remain active on its site, despite the actions from other companies. 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.
Even so, a seven-day suspension is a slap on the wrist when compared to punishments dished out to Jones by other companies. Much like Facebook, Twitter’s policy calls for temporary suspension after an account repeatedly violates company rules. However, neither social media company states how many violations would lead to a permanent ban