Aug 11, 2018

Twitter won't act against Alex Jones after agreeing tweets violated rules

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A Twitter spokesperson told CNN that seven of the tweets from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones flagged in a previous CNN investigation violated the platform's rules, but that no action is being taken because the tweets were recently deleted.

The big picture: Jones said on Friday that after CNN's initial investigation, he had his staff delete the tweets to "take the super high road." Twitter has been under fire this week for its decision to not take action against Jones and his site, Infowars, while other major platforms, like Facebook and YouTube, have.

The Twitter spokesperson told CNN that if the tweets had still been up, they would have required Jones to take them down.

  • The spokesperson also said that two of the seven were recent enough that they could be used in the future for any action taken against Jones' accounts.

Flashback: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said this week that they found Jones hadn't "violated our rules. We'll enforce if he does."

Go deeper: The New York Times went inside the room with Dorsey and Twitter employees as they tried — and ultimately failed — to "get a handle on what constituted dehumanizing speech."

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George Floyd protests: Unrest continues for 6th night across U.S.

A protest near the White House on Sunday night. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Most external White House lights were turned off late Sunday as the D.C. National Guard was deployed to assist and authorities fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters nearby, per the New York Times.

What's happening: It's one of several tense, late-night standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators.

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Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo outside the CNN Center during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Atlanta, Georgia, May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protesters.

Driving the news: The violence got so bad over the weekend that on Sunday the Cleveland police said the media was not allowed downtown unless "they are inside their place of business" — drawing ire from news outlets around the country, who argued that such access is a critical part of adequately covering protests.

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Tanker truck plows into Minneapolis protesters

The tanker after plowing into protesters on the shut-down bridge in Minneapolis on Sunday evening. Authorities said it appeared protesters escaped injury. Photo: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Minnesota authorities said in a statement they're investigating as a criminal matter what happened with a truck that "drove into demonstrators" on a Minneapolis bridge Sunday evening while the eight-lane road was closed for a protest.

What they're saying: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn't appear any protesters were hit by the truck."