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The social media ‘DEPLATFORM’ end game: Self-censorship (Video)

Alex Jones’ account was put in “read only” mode and will be blocked from posting on Twitter for seven days because of an offending tweet. Twitter declined to comment on the content that violated its policies.

A Twitter spokesperson told CNN the content which prompted the suspension was a video published Tuesday in which Jones linked to within his tweet saying, “now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag”.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week defended Twitter’s decision to not suspend Infowars and Alex Jones from the platform, claiming they had not violated Twitter policies.

Dorsey refused to take down Alex Jones and his popular Infowars account, even as his Silicon Valley buddies over at Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify were colluding to remove any sign of Jones or Infowars from their platforms…

“We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories,” Dorsey said in a tweet last week. He later added that it was critical that journalists “document, validate and refute” accounts like those of Mr. Jones, which “can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors.”

According to Zerohedge, still after a CNN report identifying numerous past tweets from Infowars and Jones that did violate Twitter’s rules, those posts were deleted. Tweets by Infowars and Jones deleted last week included posts attacking transgender and Muslim people; a claim that the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax perpetrated by “crisis actors”; and a video calling David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., high-school shooting, a Nazi.

Dorsey finally caved overnight, with a “temporary suspension”, which will likely become permanent upon Jones’ next violation.

Twitter’s crackdown came more than a week after technology companies, including Apple, YouTube and Facebook removed content from Jones and his site, Infowars. As the WSJ notes, the actions against Infowars intensified a growing debate over what role tech companies play in policing controversial content on their platforms while they simultaneously support the principle of free speech.

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou examine the aggressive purge of conservative right, libertarian, and progressive accounts from Silicon Valley social media platforms, and how Alex Jones’ was the first step towards driving so much fear into the population, that self censorship takes over and authoritarian rule over the Internet takes hold.

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Via Zerohedge

In the latest media pit stop, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sat down with NBC News Lester Holt, where he defended the company’s decision to put Infowars’ Alex Jones under a seven-day timeout over an offensive tweet linking to a video in which Jones encourages his audience to “act on the enemy before they do a false flag,” and to get “battle rifles” ready.

Dorsey said that despite calls to ban Jones last week amid a seemingly coordinated multi-platform blacklisting, he resisted until now.

“We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe,” Dorsey told Holt, while saying he believes a suspension can be an effect deterrent which can change user behaviors.

“I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors,” Dorsey added – though he admitted he has no idea if Jones’ timeout will result in any changes in behavior.

Dorsey stated: “Whether it works within this case to change some of those behaviors and change some of those actions, I don’t know. But this is consistent with how we enforce.”

Jones was banned or restricted from using the services of at least 10 tech companies this month, including Facebook and YouTube. Twitter had been the most high-profile holdout, until it announced on Tuesday that Jones was suspended from posting for seven days.

Dorsey later clarified on Twitter that he was “speaking broadly about our range of enforcement actions” with regards to the company’s use of timeouts.

in a follow-up question on weighing the importance of Twitter’s rules versus its moral obligation, Dorsey said the company has “to put the safety of individuals first in every single thing that we do, and we need to enforce our rules and also evolve our rules around that.” –NBC News

Jack Dorsey said on Twitter.

“I don’t assume everyone will change their actions. Enforcement gets tougher with further reported violations.”

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September 5, 2018

Funny how you brought up the “nanny” comparison … before I watched your segment, I wrote something to another person about the same thing, specifically referring to the “parent” outlets who scold the “child” users and ground them accordingly for misbehaving or breaking the rules. But, what’s funny is the outlets have the kaleidoscope turned wrong way around: THEY are the kids trying to dictate to the adults. NOW, YT is promoting a short video featuring a young veteran from the USMC who is foisting upon the audiences the notion that Iran wrongly supported the Iraqis after B43 lied the… Read more »

September 5, 2018

Let’s stop the silliness. “Media titans” do what they’re told, as do school ma’ams with children making too much noise. It seems Infowars, which I laugh at as goofy entertainment, has pricked the thin skin of the DS. Is Jones chipping the scab off the truth? If not, confront him, refute with evidence and watch his audience evaporate. So why the censorship? Question answered.

franz kafka
franz kafka
September 5, 2018

Just look at the stupid face on Dorsey, to say nothing of the CIANN stooge interviewing him. Neither of them seem to have the slightest care or understanding of what their actions are doing to the First Amendment.

franz kafka
franz kafka
September 5, 2018

“Time out”. The benevolent mom or high school teacher mask on the face ot Totalitarian Fascism peels again.

The Dictatorship of the Commentariat and the CIA which has owned all Mass Media, including apparently, MSM since 1975 is stripping its masks, one at a time.

The Pro-Truth world has won the Information War.
So the US plans to knock the board over and have a tantrum of hypocritical virtue-signaling.

All too transparent.

You lost fu*kwits! Grow up!

September 5, 2018

I wished ‘The Duran’ ‘RT’ ‘Sputnik’ ‘Jimmy Dore’ ’21th Century Wire’
‘The Real News Network’ ‘New Eastern Outlook’ ‘WSWS’ ‘Counterpunch’
‘Consortiumnews’ ‘The Canary’ ‘Voltairenet(.)org’ ect. ect. ect. would be
on Steemit + VK and had a share button on their sites and articles to
offer a censorship+free speech proof alternative to the Facebook+Twitter
scam plattforms.

franz kafka
franz kafka
September 5, 2018

In the modern US Zio-Corporo-Fascist state, the legal system, the corporations the political structures and the 17 agencies of the CIA are one.

Stalin’s show trials were object lessons in transparency compared to this.

Why is Mueller, the point-man for the cover-up of the WTC Demolition, head of the, by then totally Fascist, FBI not charged with incompetence, let alone racketeering and treason, but allowed to grind the US Presidency to a dangerous halt?

The Discarded Wisdom of America’s Founders

Are the mainstream U.S. ‘news’ media evil?