Twitter muzzles conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week
NEW YORK — Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who’s used their services to spread false information.
Twitter had been resisting the move despite public pressure, including some from its own employees. But the holdout lasted less than two weeks.
Late Tuesday, Twitter said it had ‘‘limited’’ Jones’s personal account for seven days because he had violated the company’s rules. Jones won’t be able to tweet or retweet.
But in a video posted Wednesday to the Twitter account of Jones’s ‘‘Infowars’’ show, Jones said the company suspended him and may shut him down completely because he violated its rules by posting a ‘‘video I shot last night saying (President Donald) Trump should do something about the censorship of the internet.’’
Later Wednesday, Twitter put the Infowars account on the same seven-day timeout as Jones.
The punishment is light compared with that leveled by Apple, YouTube, and Spotify, which permanently removed material Jones had published. Facebook, meanwhile, suspended him for 30 days.