Twitter temporarily restricts conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' account

Twitter suspends Infowars host Alex Jones' ability to tweet

It's not clear what exactly was in the Periscope video that violated Twitter's rules. "We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else's voice".

Alex Jones himself has posted a video explaining himself via the official Infowars Twitter account, reiterating that he did not threaten the media and calling the story a "hoax".

Jones' account has been placed in a read-only mode for seven days, Twitter confirmed Tuesday, meaning he can still browse Twitter posts, but he can't interact with other users by tweeting or retweeting or liking other posts. Twitter's temporary ban of Jones was first reported by CNET.

Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple banned Jones's accounts and products from their various services on 6 August following the media backlash.

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Twitter's suspension comes after the company defended its decision to allow Jones and InfoWars to remain active on its site, despite the actions from other companies.

At the time, a Twitter spokesperson said the company concluded that of the more than a dozen tweets included in CNN's Thursday report, seven were found to have violated Twitter's rules.

Since founding the far-right platform Infowars in 1999, Jones has promoted theories ranging from the government staging of the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington to the left-wing faking of the Sandy Hook massacre where 26 children and adults were killed at the elementary school in CT.

Twitter joined other tech companies - including Apple, Facebook and YouTube - that have started to ban the right-wing conspiracy theorist.

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