Stephen Colbert's Spoof Alex Jones-Esque Character Is Also Getting Banned Online


Twitter on Tuesday broke ranks with other top tech companies that banished conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms - saying the InfoWars website founder "hasn't violated our rules".

Curiously, Alex Jones hasn't yet commented on the decision via Twitter, another platform where his presence has been somewhat controversial. We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: "he hasn't violated our rules", Dorsey explained.

He has "built a vast audience" peddling theories that include claims that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the U.S. government and that the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 was "faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control", the newspaper says.

He added that to "succumb and simply react" is "not us".

"Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions", Dorsey said. "This is what serves the public conversation best", he wrote in another tweet.

Dorsey then went on to say that it is the job of reporters to shoot down the false assertions made by Jones.

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As BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel points out, Jones does use Twitter differently to other social media sites, choosing to be less inflammatory. Facebook blocked four of Jones' pages on Monday morning, followed by YouTube's decision to delete his Infowars page, which boasted 2.4 million followers. Podcasts like "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room" have been pulled from all of Apple's directories, but the company has left up the less popular InfoWars podcast "Real News With David Knight".

Buzzfeed has called the move "one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date".

The microblogging platform, which has been dogged by accusations that it does not do enough to protect its users from hate speech and disinformation, said that it will only take action against accounts for harassment if they specifically @-mention or tag another account or threaten violence.

It also said Twitter does not typically suspend people or take other enforcement action for behavior before a rule change.

Alex Jones has always operated on the fringes of the media world, but he's become a focal point more recently after spending a good deal of time in court.