A handful of Tweets and videos that appear to have been cited in the choice to remove Alex Jones from Facebook and YouTube vanished from Twitter. It seemed that this action was the answer of CNN piece which focused on the company’s hypocrisy. Though some infowars tweets vanished.
But Twitter confirmed that it did not remove the tweets. Someone affiliated with Alex Jones and Infowars or with access to those accounts is behind the removal. The tweets in question spanned the Infowars brand, including accusations that Sandy Hook was staged by crisis actors, slurs against transgender people and a video asserting that Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg is a Nazi.
CNN linked some tweets in its piece. Now all those tweets are no longer available. It seems that Jones might be trying to walk a narrow line on the platform. He is keeping most of the Infowars content up even as users and reporters surface some of its most objectionable moments.
Twitter’s Del Harvey said that –
“At least some of the content Alex Jones published on other platforms (e.g. Facebook and YouTube) that led them taking enforcement actions against him would also have violated our policies had he posted it on Twitter. Had he done so, we would have taken action against him as well.”
CNN called Twitter’s bluff. The news site CNN found that the same content that got Jones and Infowars booted from other platforms were still live on Twitter. The account of each Infowars and Alex Jones remained online and tweeting.
Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey said that –
“We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: He hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.”