Twitter temporarily bans US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned Jones on the grounds that he engages in hate speech.

tech Updated: Aug 15, 2018 15:43 IST
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Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company’s rules against inciting violence. (AP)

Twitter has suspended the personal account of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week, US media have reported.

The platform acted after Jones published a video in which he said, “Now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag,” CNN reported on Tuesday night. That was deemed as inciting violence.

The Twitter account for his Infowars show was not affected, the New York Times reported. Jones won’t be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account for seven days, though he will be able to browse Twitter.

Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned Jones on the grounds that he engages in hate speech.

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey drew criticism last week for continuing to allow Jones to use the platform, arguing that he had not broken Twitter’s rules.

(with inputs from AP)

First Published: Aug 15, 2018 15:43 IST