Alex Jones, Infowars get one-week Twitter suspension

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on FEB 25, 2019

The accounts are also suspended from Periscope, a Twitter-owned live streaming platform.

Twitter has suspended right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's personal account and that of his media outlet, Inforwars, for one week, Vox reported.

The accounts are also suspended from Periscope, a Twitter-owned live streaming platform.
Jones tweeted a video on August 14 in which he called for his followers to take up arms against the mainstream media and other perceived opponents, which violated Twitter's policy that users not "use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes." The video was made using Periscope.

The suspension comes after YouTube, Facebook, and other major social media sites banned him and removed his content for violating their rules.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained his reasoning for the short and long-delayed ban in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt.

"I feel, you know, any suspension, whether it be a permanent one or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors," he said.

Dorsey said that the suspension is in line with Twitter's typical enforcement strategies.

After the suspension of his personal account, Jones continued to use the Infowars account to tweet and livestream until it was suspended as well.

Twitter users can still view and interact with previous content from both accounts during the seven-day suspensions for each.

Twitter has previously come under fire for its handling of accounts belonging to Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler and white nationalist Richard Spencer, whose accounts were unverified after serious public outrage.