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Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for 1 week

Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, arrives at a courthouse April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the companys rules against inciting violence. (Jay Janner / AP)
Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, arrives at a courthouse April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the companys rules against inciting violence. (Jay Janner / AP)
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NEW YORK – Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company’s rules against inciting violence.

The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and others.

Jones won’t be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account for seven days, though he will be able to browse Twitter.

The Twitter account for his “Infowars” show was not affected.

Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have taken down material published by Jones, reflecting more aggressive enforcement of hate speech policies after online backlash.

But Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision last week not to ban Jones, saying he did not break any rules.

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