Twitter suspends Infowars host Alex Jones' ability to tweet

Alex Jones a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist arrives at the courthouse in Austin Texas

Twitter has cut off Alex Jones from key functions of his account after the founder and star of conspiracy site Infowars violated another Twitter policy.

Twitter has suspended (but not banned) Jones due after he posted a show that violated rules about violent threats, and the punishment shall last a week for the offending post from the far-right chili lover.

The news was first shared by an InfoWars personality, who tweeted a screenshot of Jones' Twitter account - indicating the company limited some of Jones' account features temporarily.

A spokesperson for the social media company told CNN that Jones was suspended after posting a video where he declared "now is the time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag". The company reportedly asked Jones to delete the tweet.

"People need to have their battle rifles and everything ready at their bedsides, and you've got to be ready, because the media is so disciplined in their deception", he said.

Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple banned Jones's accounts and products from their various services on 6 August following the media backlash.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had originally defended his company's decision not to ban Jones, tweeting that Jones "hasn't violated our rules" but if he does "we'll enforce". Twitter came under enormous criticism for refusing to go along, but on Tuesday announced that they were suspending Jones's account for one week due to violations of its rules.

The conspiracy theorist also faces five lawsuits for defamation, ranging from accusing relatives of Sandy Hook shooting victims of making up the attack to accusing a man of perpetrating a shooting in Parkland, Florida.



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