Alex Jones’ Twitter account, the alt-right conspiracy theorist and founder of InfoWars website, was suspended for a week after he tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and others, in a violation of the company’s rules against promoting violence.
Facebook, which suspended the four main pages of Alex Jones, accused them of “glorifying violence” and “using dehumanizing language to describe transgender people, Muslim and immigrant”, in violation of the internal rules of Facebook. The social network said that it was the language used and not the conspiracy theories conveyed by Alex Jones that prompted them to act.
Twitter was the sole holdout among the major tech companies in not taking down content from Mr. Jones, who has called the Sandy Hook shooting a hoax conducted by crisis actors.The founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey defended the next day the choice to not suspend Alex Jones, in the name of “public debate” and because “he didn’t break (our) rules”.
But the lack of action prompted criticism on Twitter, from its users and even from some of its own employees. The microblogging website made the decision after Mr. Jones tweeted or retweeted more than a dozen times during the day on Tuesday, including one post that linked to a live video session in which he apparently called for violence against certain groups, including the media. After a user flagged the tweet, Twitter said it determined the post violated its safety rules. Mr. Jones was ordered to take down the tweet linking to the video broadcast on Periscope, the live-streaming service that is owned by Twitter.
Not long after, Mr. Jones’s Twitter account was suspended, the Twitter account for Infowars sprang into action: “Twitter just shut down my @realalexjones account!” the Infowars’ account tweeted.
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