Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains what got Alex Jones suspended

Twitter suspends Alex Jones for a week for inciting violence

Now, in addition to deleting some tweets, the service is suspending Alex Jones' account for seven days, the Wall Street Journal reports.

As a result, Jones' account will remain live, but he won't be able to tweet or retweet.

Jones believes that the largest companies in Silicon Valley are conspiring with the Chinese government (Jones calls Chinese technology companies the "Chi-coms") to keep him from spreading the truth.

It all began last week when a series of companies, from Apple to Facebook to YouTube to Stitcher, banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his publication, Infowars.

Jones was banned after years of public outrage over lies spread by Infowars, including the infamous "Pizzagate" conspiracy and the false claim that the Sandy Hook shooting, in which 26 elementary school children and staff members were killed, was a hoax. There are also users who often just want to post about their daily lives, and even against their own employees, be they free speech absolutists or those who feel people like Jones do not deserve an online megaphone.

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A Twitter spokesman confirmed the account has limited functionality.

Dorsey agreed with NBC News anchor Lester Holt when Holt said Jones' remarks were spine-chilling.

"I'm not even anxious about me at this point, this is so authoritarian, it's just insane how these foreign corporations got control of the USA", said Jones in a video that was uncharacteristically subdued in tone.

Some of those efforts backfired last month after some high-profile Republicans accused Twitter of "shadow-banning" their accounts by restricting users' ability to find them through the search function.

Yesterday, CNN reported that Jones himself was given a week-long suspension because of the very same video, which was in violation of Twitter's terms of service.

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