Twitter CEO Explains What Got Alex Jones Suspended

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey isn’t sure if the suspension given to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will convince him to reconsider his social media behavior, The Hill informed. Twitter handed down a seven-day suspension to Jones and, according to the company’s CEO, its enforcement actions are intended to promote better behavior from its users.

“We’re always trying to cultivate more of a learning mindset and help guide people back towards healthier behaviors and healthier public conversation,” the 41-year-old co-founder of Twitter told The Hill.

Last week, Dorsey went out of his way to justify why he didn’t suspend Jones from Twitter, even after Apple, Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, and others chose to purge their platforms of his hateful speech and diabolical conspiracy theories, Vanity Fair adds. Jones “hasn’t violated our rules, and we’ll enforce if he does,” Dorsey said last week.

However, that lasted up until Tuesday, when a tweet from Jones’s account appeared, linking to a Periscope video in which he urged his followers to take up “battle rifles” in the crusade against censorship.

Dorsey said he wasn’t involved in the decision to restrict the accounts, and that he found out about it after the fact through a text from Twitter lead counsel Vijaya Gadde.

“We were getting a number of reports around the tweet and the Periscope that the content was inciting violence, which is against our terms of service and we took action,” Dorsey stressed, adding that for seven days, Jones’s account will essentially be restricted to reading tweets and sending direct messages to his followers.

“I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors,” Dorsey told NBC News.

Twitter permanently banned the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in 2016, after he repeatedly insulted the comedian and actress Leslie Jones, for violating rules against targeted abuse and harassment. But the service has continued to come under criticism for the nastiness and vitriol of many of its users, The Hill added.

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