Twitter Muzzles Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones for a Week

Twitter suspends Alex Jones for a week for inciting violence

A Twitter spokesperson said the action was taken for tweets containing a video that was in violation of the company's rules on abusive behaviour and inciting violence.

Jones, each of the tech companies said, violated terms of service, particularly prohibitions against dehumanizing speech and hateful conduct.

Twitter confirmed to NBC News that Jones' Twitter account was put in read-only mode as of Tuesday, meaning that he can browse Twitter posts but can't interact with them and can't tweet himself.

The CEO of Twitter provided more insight Wednesday as to why the social media network suspended conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from tweeting for a week.

The video is no longer available on Twitter or Periscope, where Jones posted it. The Infowars Twitter account remains unaffected.

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Twitter permanently banned the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in 2016 after he repeatedly insulted the comedian and actress Leslie Jones, for violating rules against targeted abuse and harassment.

The company said that Jones, who runs the website InfoWars, violated a Twitter policy and was required to delete an offending tweet in which he told his listeners to get "battle rifles" ready. Jones makes an estimated $US18 million ($25 million) per year through his online sales of everything from emergency survival food to concealable body armour. As of last night the site still appeared to have trouble loading, but Gizmodo could not independently confirm the cause.

Last week, major tech companies including Apple, Alphabet's YouTube, and Facebook took down podcasts and channels from the Infowars author, saying he broke community standards.

Hopefully this seven days of suspension will give Jones some time to think about what he did and. not call mass shootings a hoax or call for violent revolt against journalists.

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