Twitter suspends Alex Jones for social media abuse

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Controversial Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Twitter for up to seven days and placed in a “read-only mode”, preventing him from further using Twitter due to abusive behavior.

The Infowars Twitter account, owned y Jones, remains unaffected. Likewise, Jones’s apps still remain available via Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store.

A Twitter spokesperson said the action was taken for tweets containing a video that was in violation of the company’s rules on abusive behavior and inciting violence. Twitter instructed Jones to delete the tweets, which he has done.

The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and other entities.

Twitter is the last remaining high-profile social network from which Jones has yet to be permanently banned.

The suspension comes after a tumultuous period in which Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey has had to repeatedly defend the company’s position.

Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple banned Jones’s accounts and products from their various services on August 6th, following the media controversy.

Since founding the far-right platform Infowars in 1999, Jones has promoted theories ranging from the government staging of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington to the left-wing faking of the Sandy Hook massacre where 26 children and adults were killed at the elementary school in Connecticut.

Two Sandy Hook parents have sued Jones, seeking at least $1 million in damages, claiming that they have been subjected to harassment driven by his shows and conspiracy theories.