A month after Apple, Facebook, and YouTube removed the conspiracy theorist and the Infowars creator and his blog from their platforms, Twitter has finally suspended the accounts forever. The company has stated that Jones had violated its “abusive behavior” rules. While was the only social media platform which had not banned Jones, the microblogging website considered Jones exploiting his freedom after he tweeted a video of himself confronting a CNN reporter in which he is calling him an equivalent of “the Hitler Youth”.
The Month Long Delay.
The social media platform was constantly the talk of the town for not banning Alex Jones. Whereas YouTube deleted his channels, Apple banned Jones’ podcasts and Facebook deleted the pages Jones ran. Even after the leading tech giants boycotted Jones for his hate speech toward immigrants and minorities, Twitter was the only platform which allows Jones to have a social media platform.
Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations. https://t.co/gckzUAV8GL
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
Even after Jones had violated the rules multiple time, Twitter hesitated to ban Jones. But instead, the microblogging website decided to punish Jones by suspending him for a week. Users around the world protested against the one-week suspension by following a campaign which was by Grab Your Wallet founder Shannon Coulter. The users blocked a list of Fortune 500 companies by using a tool to prevent their ads from appearing on timelines.
The accounts were also banned from Periscope, Twitter’ live streaming video service. With the recent suspension, Jones will not be able to create an account on Twitter in the future under another account.
With the recent ban on Alex Jones account, what do you think Twitter should have done to create a and safe environment?
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