Update: On September 6, 2018, Twitter banned Alex Jones and Infowars: “Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ previous violations.” Thanks to everyone who took this action and pushed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to act!
Twitter is in the news again as their CEO, Jack Dorsey, is refusing to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Infowars despite many other tech platforms making the decision to do so (or to restrict Jones’ activites), including Apple, Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest. Dorsey explained, “We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules” (which Dorsey makes).
Alex Jones has constantly promoted “Hoaxer” conspiracy theories about mass shootings and harassed gun violence victims and survivors in deeply disturbing ways. In 2013, he ambushed Lonnie Phillips and attempted to start a fight with him. Lonnie’s daughter was killed in the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
Jack Dorsey has also neglected to take action to block blueprints for 3D-printed guns from being shared on Twitter. Other companies, like Facebook and Google, are getting ahead of the government and blocking these files.
Please contact Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:
Mr. Dorsey, I am very upset that you have elected not to ban Alex Jones and Infowars from Twitter. If your rules don’t prevent you from blocking hatemongers who routinely abuse survivors of mass shooting tragedies on your platform, then your rules need to be changed immediately. There should be NO place in Twitter’s public square for individuals who claim these tragic events were “faked,” then threaten and promote violence against the survivors, who are called “crisis actors.” Where is your compassion and decency, sir? Block Jones and similar shooting “Hoaxers” on Twitter. I am also calling on you to block the sharing of blueprints for 3D-printed guns on Twitter. Lives are at stake. We already are suffering from enough gun violence in this country. We don’t need undetectable guns as well. Please do the right thing. If you do, you can count on my support for Twitter. If not, I will make your lack of action known.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Phone: (415) 222-9670 for Twitter or (855) 700-6000 for Square in San Francisco, which Dorsey also runs
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