Twitter suspends Alex Jones following a video calling to ready ‘battle rifles’

The platform’s move is a change from its previous decision to let the controversial host remain, but stops short of a permanent ban. The suspension is only for a week.

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Twitter is finally joining other online platforms in standing against “Infowars” host Alex Jones—albeit less drastically.

On Tuesday, Twitter suspended Jones’ account for one week after the host tweeted a link to his Periscope livestream that called for supporters to grab their “battle rifles” and move against members of the news media and other groups.


Jones has since deleted the tweet and livestream, but Media Matters posted a portion of the latter:

On Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, Alex Jones tells supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against antifa, the mainstream media, and “Chicom operatives”

— Media Matters (@mmfa) August 14, 2018

In the video, Jones says:

It now stands with you and the U.S. military… We’re under attack and you know that. You pointed out mainstream media is the enemy, but now is the time to act on them, before they do a false flag.

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