View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

Twitter slaps temporary ban on Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for violating rules

By PA Mediapoint

Twitter has temporarily banned controversial Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from posting on the social network.

A screenshot has been shared across Twitter, informing Jones that he has violated the company’s rules against abusive behaviour and will have his account features limited for seven days.

Although Jones will be unable to tweet anything new for the duration of the enforcement, his page and existing tweets will remain visible.

A Twitter spokesman said the account had been put into read-only mode because of tweets containing a broadcast in violation of their rules, which it wants Jones to delete.

However, the separate Infowars account remains active.

The move follows weeks of pressure on Twitter to follow other tech companies, including Facebook and Youtube, in banning some of Mr Jones’ content.

Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, had previously said the conspiracy theorist would not be banned because he was yet to breach any rules.

Content from our partners
How PA Media is helping newspapers make the digital transition
Publishing on the open web is broken, how generative AI could help fix it
Impress: Regulation, arbitration and complaints resolution

“We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules,” Dorsey said last week.

“We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.”

Jones, who has some 889,000 followers, claims the Sandy Hook Elementary School gun attack was a hoax, leading to legal action against him from the families of some of the victims.

Picture: Infowars Press Kit

Topics in this article :

Email to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network