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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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Facebook Oversight Board overturns 4 of its 5 first cases

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Facebook's independent Oversight Board published its first set of decisions Thursday, overturning 4 of the 5 cases it chose to review out of 20,000 cases submitted.

Why it matters: The decision to go against Facebook's conclusions in 4 out of 5 instances gives legitimacy to the Board, which is funded via a $130 million grant from Facebook.

New York AG: State severely undercounted COVID nursing home deaths

Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Data from New York's public health department undercounted COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%, according to a report released Thursday by state Attorney General Letitia James.

The big picture: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration did not include nursing home patients who died after being transferred to the hospital in its tally of over 8,500 nursing home deaths, according to the report. Data provided to the attorney general's office from 62 nursing homes "shows a significantly higher number of resident COVID-19 deaths can be identified than is reflected" in the official count.

Trading platforms curb trading on high-flying Reddit stocks

Major trading platforms including Robinhood, TDAmeritrade and Interactive Brokers are restricting — or cutting off entirely — trading on high-flying stocks like GameStop and AMC Entertainment.

Why it matters: It limits access to the traders that have contributed to the wild Reddit-driven activity of the past few days — a phenomenon that has gripped Wall Street and the country.