Infowars host Alex Jones kicked off Twitter for seven days

16 August, 2018, 07:17 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been banned from multiple social media platforms in the past few weeks.

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

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.

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.

CNN then presented Twitter with examples of tweets from Jones that appeared to violate their rules, and the company conceded that two of them were recent enough for the social network to have taken action.

A Twitter spokesman confirmed the account has limited functionality.




Jones remains active on other platforms, including on Twitter via the InfoWars account, where he has posted a video response to his suspension.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had originally defended his company's decision not to ban Jones, tweeting that Jones "hasn't violated our rules" but if he does "we'll enforce".

It was unclear why the companies were cracking down on Jones now, after allowing him to publish for years.

The list of tech companies that want nothing to do with Jones grows by the day and now includes Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Pinterest.

"I'm not even anxious about me at this point, this is so authoritarian, it's just insane how these foreign corporations got control of the U.S.", said Jones in a video that was uncharacteristically subdued in tone. Jones is also known for tirades against Muslims, immigrants, and transgender people.

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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