Offbeat Twitter admits InfoWars violated its rules, but says it will remain on the platform

05:30  11 august  2018
05:30  11 august  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week

  Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week Twitter suspended Alex Jones after posting a video in which he calls on people to "act on the enemy before they do a false flag." 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.

Twitter said Friday that the accounts belonging to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars would, for now, remain online, one day after a CNN investigation found that Jones' Twitter accounts appeared to have repeatedly violated the company's rules .

Those videos were not the only content CNN found in its review of Jones' and InfoWars ' Twitter accounts that suggest the social media platform 's statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars . Content that appears to violate Twitter 's rules

  Twitter admits InfoWars violated its rules, but says it will remain on the platform © Photo-Illustration:CNNMoney/Twitter

Twitter said Friday that the accounts belonging to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars would, for now, remain online, one day after a CNN investigation found that Jones' Twitter accounts appeared to have repeatedly violated the company's rules.

A Twitter spokesperson said that 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 would have required those tweets to be deleted, if they were to have remained up.

But after CNN's investigation was published, the tweets cited in it were almost immediately deleted from the social media website. Jones said on his program Friday that he had instructed his staff to do so and "take the super high road," though he contested whether the tweets violated any Twitter rules.

Vimeo is the latest platform to remove content from InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

  Vimeo is the latest platform to remove content from InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones YouTube/screengrab Vimeo is the latest platform that has removed InfoWars’ account from its platform, following Facebook and YouTube. The videos violated the company’s Terms of Service prohibitions on discriminatory and hateful content, a Vimeo spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider. InfoWars also became a hot-button topic at Vimeo last week, Business Insider has learned, with several employees at the company dissatisfied with its handlingThe videos, posted on Thursday and Friday "violated our Terms of Service prohibitions on discriminatory and hateful content,"  the spokesperson said, adding that Vimeo had notified the account owner and issued a refund, as "we do not want to profit from content of th

Those videos were not the only content CNN found in its review of Jones’ and InfoWars ’ Twitter accounts that suggest the social media platform ’s statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars . Content that appears to violate Twitter ’s rules

Those videos were not the only content CNN found in its review of Jones' and InfoWars ' Twitter accounts that suggest the social media platform 's statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars . Content that appears to violate Twitter 's rules

Among the seven tweets found to have violated Twitter's rules, the spokesperson said, two of the tweets occurred recently enough that Twitter could cite them in the future to take additional punitive action against Jones' accounts.

The other five tweets occurred before a set of bolstered Twitter rules were put into place in December 2017. While Twitter required those tweets be deleted, the company cannot use them as grounds to take further action against the accounts, the spokesperson said.

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

"We will continue to review any content that is flagged to us and take action as appropriate," the Twitter spokesperson said.

Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars and Alex Jones

  Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars and Alex Jones Facebook has removed four pages associated with InfoWars and its controversial founder Alex Jones for repeated violations of its policies. The social media platform said in a statement Monday that it had "unpublished" the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.Facebook removed four videos from the pages last week after determining that they violated its hate speech and bullying policies. It also suspended the personal profile of Jones.

Image caption Mr Jones and his InfoWars Twitter accounts have shared 100,000 tweets on the platform . The CEO of Twitter says it will not ban InfoWars or its founder Alex Jones because their accounts do not violate the social media platform 's rules .

The debates were urgent, fueled by criticism against Twitter for its lack of action against the posts from the far-right conspiracy site Infowars and its In a string of tweets on Tuesday, Mr. Dorsey said Twitter would not ban Mr. Jones or Infowars , because they had not violated the company’s rules .

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.

Previously, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had maintained that Jones and InfoWars had not "violated our rules." He had vowed, "We'll enforce if he does."

CNN'sexamination of Jones' and InfoWars' accounts also found that the same content that led other tech companies to take action against Jones had been posted on Twitter by both Jones and InfoWars. Earlier in the week, a Twitter executive strongly suggested such content had not been posted, and said that had it been posted, it would have "violated our policies" and "we would have taken action."

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

Twitter is one of the only major social media companies that has not scrubbed its platform of Jones or InfoWars in the last week. Since Sunday, Jones has seen the vast majority of the social media infrastructure for his media empire crumble. Apple has removed the full library of his podcasts, Facebook has unpublished his pages, YouTube terminated his account, and other technology companies took similar action. InfoWars apps remain available through the Google Play store and Apple's app store, however.

Twitter says Infowars hasn't 'violated our rules.' It looks like that's not the case .
A CNN review of Alex Jones' and InfoWars' Twitter accounts suggest the social media platform's statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars. Content that appears to violate Twitter's rules appears over and over again in the hundreds of hours of video available on the accounts that Jones and InfoWars maintain on Twitter and Periscope, a livestreaming video service that Twitter owns. Jones has repeatedly degraded individuals of the Muslim faith. He has attacked people on the basis of gender identity. And he has engaged in the harassment of individuals.

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