Twitter temporarily bans radio show host Alex Jones' account

Alex-Jones-Twitter

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.

US-NEWS-ALEXJONES-LAWSUITS-PH-1

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.

Stormy Daniels explains Celebrity Big Brother exit
Co-host Jane Moore spoke to her off camera and told viewers: "There was a custody development with her daughter late last night". Catch it on Channel 5 right after Blind Date at 8pm and Gino's Win Your Wish List at 9pm.

Recommended News

  • Mailman finds python near mailbox in Overland Park

    Mailman finds python near mailbox in Overland Park

    A postman was stopped in his tracks when he encountered an unexpected and frightening hurdle on his mail route on Friday. A snake expert told officers that it was obvious the python had been cared for.
    Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder: Gypsy King warned after fight CONFIRMED

    Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder: Gypsy King warned after fight CONFIRMED

    It was a deal that was seemingly put together quickly after negotiations for Wilder to face Anthony Joshua fell apart. As the rounds progressed, Fury cranked up the pressure and began sitting down on his punches.
    Coles stores closed as nationwide checkout glitch causes chaos

    Coles stores closed as nationwide checkout glitch causes chaos

    This store is now closed due to circumstances beyond our control", read a sign outside Coles Australia Fair on the Gold Coast . The supermarket giant released a statement later in the morning, confirming "all Coles Supermarkets are open and trading".
  • Ford Mustang Cobra Jet unveiled

    Ford Mustang Cobra Jet unveiled

    A muscle auto , issued in the amount of 50 copies, was equipped with seven-liter V8 engine, the output of which was 335 forces. In fact, Ford's engineers started out with the familiar 5.0-liter V8, but bored it out to 5.2-liters.
    No Canadians: Air France unions call for French CEO

    No Canadians: Air France unions call for French CEO

    That is how they referred to the role of the American Delta Airlines, which owns 8.8 percent of the capital of Air France-KLM. While the appointment of a foreigner to run an airline might be controversial in France, it's by no means unusual elsewhere.
    Reports of fans injured while waiting for Backstreet Boys

    Reports of fans injured while waiting for Backstreet Boys

    Fourteen people were injured and received care onsite before going to nearby hospitals, according to the statement . WinStar spokeswoman Kym Koch Thompson said that around 150 people in line "did not heed staff's warnings".
  • Arsenal want new Ramsey deal, Chelsea and Man United keen

    Arsenal want new Ramsey deal, Chelsea and Man United keen

    Chelsea held talks with Liverpool target Nabil Fekir, over the summer but opted against signing the France worldwide . The North London club are desperate not to lose one of their key midfielders with his contract expiring next summer.
    AI gives Thanos a soul in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

    AI gives Thanos a soul in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

    And then Avengers: Infinity War came and killed half of all life in the Marvel Universe with the snap of Thanos's fingers. The interview in question was with Good Morning America , prior to Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters last April.
    Snap that: Mystery of how to break spaghetti into two cracked!

    Snap that: Mystery of how to break spaghetti into two cracked!

    Their co-authors are Norbert Stoop, instructor of mathematics at MIT , and Emmanuel Villermaux of Université Aix Marseille. They found that if a 10-inch-long spaghetti stick is first twisted by about 270 degrees and then bent it will snap in two.
  • Mourinho calls Man City ‘disrespectful’ in documentary

    De Bruyne played 63 matches for club and country last season, which is likely to have contributed to the injury, according to Guardiola .
    Netflix Testing Running Ads Between Episodes, Users Protest

    Netflix Testing Running Ads Between Episodes, Users Protest

    The company confirmed the video promos to TechCrunch following an outcry from upset users who complained on the Netflix subreddit. All of the preview information about the next episode you were set to see disappears, and a video ad temporarily replaces it.
    Two mystery punters won $50M Powerball jackpot - have you checked your ticket?

    Two mystery punters won $50M Powerball jackpot - have you checked your ticket?

    Newsagents across the nation had queues out the door on Thursday despite the odds of winning first prize being one in 134 million. The ticket was unregistered, meaning Lott officials have no way of knowing who the mystery victor is or contacting them.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.