Twitter says InfoWars account will remain online despite violating its rules
A Twitter spokesperson says several posts by InfoWars host Alex Jones and flagged by CNN violated the site’s content policy, but say just two of them are recent enough for the company to take action against Jones’ accounts.
The spokesperson told CNN Friday that seven posts out of more than a dozen reported by the network in an article on Thursday violated the site’s content policy, including some tweets containing degrading messages about religious groups or gender identities, and others spreading conspiracy theories about February’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The remarks follow less than a day after a Twitter executive told CNN that such messages violating the company’s policies had not occurred, arguing that “we would have taken action” to delete them.
“We will continue to review any content that is flagged to us and take action as appropriate,” the executive said Friday, according to CNN.
The posts were deleted less than an hour after CNN’s initial article was published Thursday afternoon. Jones stated Friday on his program that he had instructed staff to “take the super high road” and delete the messages.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to the platform earlier this week to explain his Twitter’s decision to keep Jones’ accounts live despite his removal from other platforms including YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
“We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday,” Dorsey wrote on Wednesday. “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.”
Jones, known for pushing right-wing conspiracy theories against Democrats and left-leaning political groups, vocally supported President Trump during the 2016 election and interviewed Trump during his run for office.
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