Twitter suspended Alex Jones, the host of Infowars, late Tuesday night over a video telling his viewers to ready their “battle rifles” against the media.
The New York Times was the first to report the move.
Twitter found Mr. Jones’ video violated its policy on inciting violence and abusive behavior.
“You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice,” a screenshot of the notification read.
The suspension lasts for seven days, starting after Mr. Jones deleted the tweet. He is still allowed on the platform but not allowed to share public messages, including retweets, follows, or likes.
Editor at large for Infowars Paul Watson responded to the crackdown from Twitter.
Alex Jones has been suspended by Twitter for 7 days for a video talking about social media censorship. Truly, monumentally, beyond stupid. 😄— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 14, 2018
On the same day that the Infowars website was brought down by a cyber attack.
Will this madness ever end? pic.twitter.com/hXDzH2b7rT
Mr. Jones and Mr. Watson claimed that the official Infowars webpage also went down on Tuesday.
https://t.co/DHRJw8KFgr is down again. We have been under cyber attack for over a week since Big Tech launched its purge.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 14, 2018
Twitter is the sole social media platform that has allowed Mr. Jones to retain his account. The Infowar host and his content was scrubbed from Apple, Spotify, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo. Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey said Mr. Jones did not violate their rules yet.
We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018
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