Twitter is continuing on their censorship campaign ahead of the midterm elections. The social media platform has now removed accounts that have been linked to Alex Jones or his website, Info Wars.
Twitter is not the only tech company seeking to permanently silence Jones either. Other tech companies, including PayPal, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify, have limited or banned Jones’ activities on their sites. The accounts banned on Twitter were thought to have been to circumvent the censorship and obvious attempts to silence Jones which took place back in August and September.
According to NBC News, a Twitter spokesman confirmed that the accounts had been removed but provided no additional comment. The company says it usually does not discuss specific accounts, however, it definitely appears that mainstream media greatly fears what Jones has to say. Twitter permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope in early September. It said it based that action on reports of tweets and videos that violated its policy against abusive behavior, yet everyone is well aware that Jones simply says things that government elitists and mainstream media pundits (who support government elitists) dislike.
Omg! Thank goodness you and @Twitter are here to make these decisions for us and protect our weak minds! It would be horrible if we were able to decide for ourselves if their content was worth reading or not!
— The Real Q (@SkwirlyQ) October 23, 2018
Infowars has declared the move by Twitter as “sabotage” and say they intended to harm the site just weeks before the midterm elections. When issues such a this one, obvious censorship, arises, it makes it impossible to not beg the question “what are these tech companies so afraid of; what exactly is Jones saying that they don’t like?”
It's called freedom of speech. If you don't like it because you're offended, then you can block him. This is literally insane. Just wait until your opinions are being censored. Be careful what you wish for.
— AnthonyG (@AntAmerican88) October 23, 2018
Twitter pointed The Hill to a tweet made last month when the media outlet posed questions to the social media platform regarding this recent ban.
We will continue to evaluate reports we receive regarding other accounts potentially associated with @realalexjones or @infowars and will take action if content that violates our rules is reported or if other accounts are utilized in an attempt to circumvent their ban.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
Twitter is at least, rightfully being called out for their egregious censorship of ideas.
Twitter is now the Thought Police for Big Brother! This is the same as the book burning that the Nazis did, you know that right? I'm a long time fan of Alex Jones & Infowars, so will you take my Twitter away now as well?
I look forward to the day Twitter implodes. #NoCensorship
— Dawn Hall (@grizzlybear53) September 8, 2018
According to The Independent, 18 total accounts were suspended under suspicion they were linked to Jones or his website, Info Wars. Jones has historically taken positions against liberal and left-leaning ideas. He has said things that have hurt socialists feelings and gone against a leftist bias putting a target on his back.
“The things that are going to be blocked are not going to be fake stories. The things that are going to be blocked and censored, the things they are going to keep from people is going to be stuff they just don’t want you to focus on or know about.” – Melissa Dykes