Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Irving Hamilton
August 19, 2018

Last week, before Jones' suspension, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that, at that time, Jones hadn't broken any rules, and put the onus on journalists to police the truth on the platform.

And now, in a new interview with the NBC News host Lester Holt, Dorsey said some of his peers had been inconsistent in the way they dealt with the conspiracy theorist.

Twitter had been resisting the move despite public pressure, including some from its own employees.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Dorsey outlined some of the new ideas the platform is experimenting with including promoting alternative viewpoints to address false news and quell "echo chambers".

Dorsey said he believes the suspension can be effective and is consistent with the company's policies.

"The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we're building into our product", Dorsey told the newspaper.

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Dorsey also told Holt that he was uncomfortable with being praised by Jones for keeping him on Twitter. "We often turn to policy to fix a lot of these issues, but I think that is only treating surface-level symptoms that we are seeing", he said.

The temporary ban means Jones and Infowars can browse and send direct messages to followers, but would not be able to tweet, retweet, or like. Late Tuesday, Twitter said it had "limited" Jones' personal account for seven days because he had violated the company's rules.

His Infowars account on Twitter was not affected, and was actively tweeting about the move on Wednesday. Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser says the funds will help the company expand beyond the individual healthcare exchanges and small employer markets and into the Medicare Advantage market that cares for people 65 and older. In it, Jones says people "need to have their battle rifles and everything ready at their bedsides and you got to be ready because the media is so disciplined in their deception". Infowars still has a Twitter account.

Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned Jones on the grounds that he engages in hate speech. Facebook, meanwhile, suspended him for 30 days and took down four of his pages, including two for his "Infowars" show.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company is open to a range of changes in the platform's structure.

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