Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Twitter temporarily restricts conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' account

Twitter temporarily restricts conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' account

Twitter refused to join YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and other top platform in banning Jones.

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Twitter, the social media giant, on Tuesday announced that it had placed the account of InfoWars host Alex Jones on read-only status for seven days.

The apparent change of heart reflects a Twitter still grasping to its roots as a free-wheeling Wild West of the internet in an age where online words can have serious real-life consequences.

The news was first shared by an InfoWars personality, who tweeted a screenshot of Jones' Twitter account - indicating the company limited some of Jones' account features temporarily.

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.

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Twitter follows many other tech platforms in removing content from Jones and his news website InfoWars. However, though Jones' account was suspended over the video, it was still viewable on Twitter-owned Periscope through InfoWars' account.

But Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company's decision last week not to ban Jones, saying he did not break any rules.

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

Jones, known for his flamboyant and screaming character, stands to lose a lot of money if he can't reach his audience through the millions of fans he's amassed around the world on different platforms. Last week, the company was a notable exception after a wave of other major tech companies banned Jones and his main channels.

Dorsey later took to Twitter and admitted that the timeout might be ineffective.

Donald Trump loves Twitter and uses it nearly every day to attack his political foes and the "fake news".

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