Twitter Now Admits Infowars Did Violate Company Rules

Sergio Conner
August 12, 2018

After his reporting calling out numerous tweets from Jones, the tweets were all taken down (Twitter denied anyone from the company did so).

A Twitter spokesperson said the company investigated a report by CNN that InfoWars and Jones tweets violated its terms of service, and found seven tweets that were not within regulations. The tweets have been deleted, and CNN reports that on his Infowars show, Jones directed his staff to remove them to "take the super high road".

After the article by CNN posted, a spokesperson from Twitter said they would review the questionable tweets. Apparently only two of them were recent enough to be considered for it to cite them in punitive action, while the other five occurred before the new rules implemented in December 2017.

The Twitter spokesperson was not immediately able to provide CNN with the specific tweets the company had determined to have violated its rules.

"It's worth noting that at least some of the content Alex Jones published on other platforms (e.g., Facebook and YouTube) that led to them taking enforcement against him would have also violated our policies had he posted it on Twitter", Harvey said.

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And earlier this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his decision to keep Jones and InfoWars on the site.

CNN's investigation found that InfoWars' and Jones' Twitter accounts had published content that degraded groups of people on the basis of their religion and gender identity, engaged in the harassment of individuals, glorified violence, and promoted conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings.

The Twitter spokesperson said Friday that the executive, Del Harvey, had only meant to specifically reference Jones' personal account, not the InfoWars account as well, and that the company should have "been more explicit about that".

Mr Dorsey made the comment as debate continues around the presence on social media of figures such as Infowars's Alex Jones. According to the social media site, somebody who had access to Jones' accounts (possibly Jones himself) probably deleted the content that had been highlighted. They have been removed by Facebook, YouTube and even the MailChimp email service for alleged violations. InfoWars apps remain available through the Google Play store and Apple's app store, however.

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