Twitter, the social media giant, on Tuesday announced that it had placed the account of InfoWars host Alex Jones on read-only status for seven days. The company defiantly refused to follow the tech industry's lead, saying it would hold Jones to the same standards as everyone else, and that he'd lose his account only if he broke Twitter's rules. He'd used those companies' services as outlets for his show, in which he's claimed that the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax (false) and that the student survivors of a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school were "crisis actors" (false).
"Any suspension, whether it be a permanent one or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors", Dorsey said.
With the one-week suspension, Jones is able to read tweets but can not post anything to Twitter or interact with other users' tweets.
At the time, a Twitter spokesperson said the company concluded that of the more than a dozen tweets included in CNN's Thursday report, seven were found to have violated Twitter's rules.
Twitter spox confirms to me that the company has limited key functions on Alex Jones' account after determining he violated another one of network's policies. So there is a lot of debt that we have to pay down. 50,000 users blocked Twitter's top advertisers.
Jones - who has won the support of UKIP over his "social media silencing" - has claimed he is being censored by a conspiracy funded by "communist China" to target "nationalists, conservatives, libertarians and Christians".
"We want to be open and available and accessible to all perspectives and viewpoints", he said. "We'll enforce if he does".