Twitter temporarily bans radio show host Alex Jones' account

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Alex-Jones-Twitter

In the wake of the continuing controversy over Twitter's relative tolerance for professional troll Alex "Infowars" Jones-even as other platforms including Facebook and YouTube have fully banned him-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is set to appear on "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" tonight.

In recent weeks, Dorsey has come under fire for saying that conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones was not in violation of its policies.

Dorsey said he believes the suspension can be effective and is consistent with the company's policies.

"The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we're building into our product", Dorsey told the Post.

Dorsey said in the Post interview that Twitter has not changed its incentives, which like most social platforms are created to push interaction and keep users engaged consistently, since it was founded.

Dorsey also expressed interest in redesigning key elements of Twitter such as the "like" button, labeling automated bots that pose as humans and how the platform displays a user's follower count. Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser says the funds will help the company expand beyond the individual healthcare exchanges and small employer markets and into the Medicare Advantage market that cares for people 65 and older.

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He defended Jones' right to keep tweeting, despite Twitter freezing the conspiracy theorist's account for seven days earlier this week.

Media reports said Jones's account was in read-only mode for seven days, allowing him to browse but not to tweet or retweet.

In a video on Monday on Twitter-owned Periscope, Jones told his supporters "it's time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag". Infowars still has a Twitter account. "So, people need to have their battle rifles and everything ready at their bedsides and you got to be ready because the media is so disciplined in their deception".

As of Wednesday, the tweet has disappeared from his account. Dorsey agreed and said the company suspended Jones over incitement of violence.

"We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories", Dorsey tweeted on August 7, after the other companies took action against Jones.

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