Twitter bans Alex Jones from tweeting for seven days

Calvin Saunders
August 16, 2018

CNET first reported that Jones has to delete an offending tweet, although it was unclear which tweet has been singled out.

The Twitter account for his "Infowars" show was not affected. "I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors", Dorsey said.

"We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories", Dorsey tweeted on August 7, after the other companies took action against Jones.

The social media company has sent Jones to what users call "Twitter jail", meaning that he can't publish any tweets for the next seven days.

He was also booted off Spotify and Facebook, with the former stating that it had taken action "due to repeated violations of Spotify's prohibited content policies".

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On Tuesday, Twitter followed through on that pledge, suspending Jones' account for a week after he seemingly used Twitter's Periscope livestreaming app to tell viewers to "have their battle rifles" ready and then included a snippet of that clip in a tweet.

Other social media giants have permanently removed accounts linked to Mr Jones and Infowars which were deemed to have broken their...

Twitter users responded to the suspension with a collective "Seriously?"

Jones, who until recent weeks had a huge online following, has argued that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax.

Dorsey wouldn't discuss on the record his talks with Republican lawmakers or his response to calls for him to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but he said that the latest effort is meant to promote transparency about his company and to get across that conservatives have a place on his platform. "But this is consistent with how we enforce".

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