Internet giants delete content of USA conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Brenda Watkins
August 15, 2018

"We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories", Dorsey tweeted on August 7, after the other companies took action against Jones.

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.

A Twitter spokesman confirmed the account has limited functionality.

Last week, the company was a notable exception after a wave of other major tech companies banned Jones and his main channels.

Earlier this week Jones announced that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has been the public face of the company's refusal to ban Jones, an "ally against globalists".

While Jones can browse and send direct messages to his followers, he would not be able to tweet, retweet, or like, Twitter said.

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This punishment is light compared with that leveled by Apple, YouTube and Spotify, which permanently removed material Jones had published.

Twitter has cut off Alex Jones from key functions of his account after the founder and star of conspiracy site Infowars violated another Twitter policy.

Jones and Infowars continue to live-stream video through the Infowars Official app, which remains available on Apple's iTunes and Google's Play stores.

"We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules", Dorsey said last week.

Jones has been criticised for conspiracy theories including falsely claiming that the 2012 mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged.

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