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Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and CEO of Twitter. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance via Getty Images

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday said he didn't know whether the social media platform's 7-day suspension of far-right talk-show host Alex Jones would "impact and change” Jones' behavior.

Why it matters: Twitter’s move came more than a week after companies, including Apple, Facebook and Youtube, banned Jones from their platforms and removed his content. The companies’ actions had intensified mounting debate over the role of tech companies in policing controversial content on their platforms, while upholding the principle of free speech.

The details: The Infowars host and conspiracy theorist’s account got blocked on Tuesday after he tweeted a link to content encouraging violence, a violation of Twitter’s rules. The company has barred some people from its platform, but Dorsey, in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, said: “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."

  • Twitter was one of the last major platforms not to promptly ban Jones amid widespread calls to do. Dorsey defended the 7-day “timeout,” telling NBC News: “We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe."

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.

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