Twitter's Dorsey vows 'consistent' enforcement after Alex Jones, Infowars suspended

Geneva Stokes
August 16, 2018

For seven days, Jones' account will essentially be restricted to reading tweets and sending direct messages to his followers.

Watch Lester Holt's interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on NBC Nightly News on Wednesday night.

As a result, Jones' account will remain live, but he won't be able to tweet or retweet.

Twitter Inc has banned USA conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from tweeting for seven days, saying one of his tweets violated its content policy.

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Some critics have claimed that, given the monopoly-like power that Silicon Valley giants now exert over the internet, encouraging them to regulate content based on ideology, hate speech, or arbitrations of "truth" and "falsity" will jeopardize internet freedom and vest a handful of corporate executives too much control over it. Among his claims is that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax. The video has been taken down, but in a clip posted by the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters, Jones says "mainstream media is the enemy.but now it's time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag". "I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors", Dorsey said.

"The timeout, for instance, is something that we've built because research has shown that if you give people a break or pause, they reconsider their behaviors and actions", Dorsey said.

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.

The company said that Jones, who runs the website InfoWars, violated a Twitter policy and was required to delete an offending tweet in which he told his listeners to get "battle rifles" ready. "And that's independent of a viewpoint".

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