Alex Jones can not seem to shut up. Let’s hope this most RECENT ban can at least help to dull the shrieking. Earlier in September, Twitter placed a permanent ban on the loudmouthed Alex Jones and his right wing platform Infowars for repeatedly violating its terms of service. Then how did he continue to get his conspiracy theorist radical messages onto the social media site? He operated through false accounts and through accounts of those associated with him. And Twitter made clear yesterday they are having NONE of that. A Twitter spokesperson announced to CNN on Tuesday, October 23rd, that they were deleting 18 more accounts affiliated with Mr. Jones.
In addition to these 18 accounts, 5 more had been placed on suspension in the last month, all after being warned they were in direct violation of Twitter’s policies by continuing to help Jones and Infowars distribute their particular brand of nonsense.
Let’s not forget, Alex Jones has made his fame by throwing outrageous accusations and wildly overblown conspiracy theories about some of our country’s most heartbreaking tragedies, including calling the Sandy Hook mass killing a “fake” and the Parkland school shooting survivors “crisis actors”.
Twitter appears to be just another site in a long list of tech companies that are placing a ban on Alex Jones. Apple, PayPal, YouTube, and Spotify have all either suspended, banned, or limited Jones’ access. Jones had a total of close to a million followers on Twitter and his Infowars account touted around 430,000.
Twitter’s ban illustrates the difficulty social media sites have in trying to shut down this type of bad behavior since the minute they identify and shut down the troublesome account(s), new ones crop up with the same agenda, often backed by the very same person or group. In this case, we see it clearly with Jones and his camp of crazies. Twitter has avowed to remain diligently on the lookout for any and all accounts linked to Jones.
Infowars said on Tuesday that they believe this to be a sabotage effort in light of the recent midterm elections.