We know … the Alex Jones story is so last week, yet it continues if only because Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey came out and explained in a thread that Twitter would not be joining Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify, Pinterest, et al., in banning Alex Jones and Infowars because Jones hadn’t yet broken any rules. If that was the case, plenty argued, then the rules needed to be changed.
We knew Twitter was in for some sort of boycott, which in a sense had begun at CNN, with a writer and producer monitoring which ads were running on the Infowars YouTube channel, contacting those advertisers, tweeting their handles, and announcing when they’d asked for their ads to be pulled.
Now #GrabYourWallet co-founder Shannon Coulter, who’s been maintaining an online list of companies to boycott because of their association with Donald Trump, has come up with a handy block list of every Fortune 500 company with a Twitter presence.
Good morning! To encourage Twitter to drop Alex Jones, I just blocked the Twitter accounts of every Fortune 500 company w/ a Twitter presence. Ready to mass block Twitter's most lucrative advertisers with me? There are three quick & easy ways. Instructions are in this thread.
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 12, 2018
I don’t know enough about ad tech to know if this will work, but I strongly believe that Twitter is wrong here, that its own rules have been violated without consequence. So this thread is worth reading. https://t.co/U0oNwKhKaE
— Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg) August 12, 2018
Boycott collective Sleeping Giants is on board, as are several Resistance celebrities.
.@shannoncoulter has an idea. And a point:
If @jack refuses to honor @Twitter’s own Terms, that all of us are required to follow except for Alex Jones, why should its users remain a commodity to sell advertising? We are Twitter’s most valuable asset and he’s alienated all of us. https://t.co/6043uWyY2f
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) August 12, 2018
DONE!! Please join this #GrabYourWallet ACTION against @TwitterSupport @jack for their promoting and supporting Alex Jones on Twitter. I’ve done it and it feels empowering. IF Twitter takes Alex Jones off Twitter I will Unblock the 450 Fortune 500 companies I have just blocked. https://t.co/S8UFmvTLig
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 12, 2018
Phew — unblocked by Debra Messing! Whatever it takes …
So a bunch of us are hoping that Twitter will take Alex Jones' hate and cruelty and flaunting of Twitter's own TOS seriously, and ban him. If you want to join us, @shannoncoulter has made it really easy to take some action: https://t.co/qNlEXMkDFG 7/
— Wil 'this account mocks fascists' Wheaton (@wilw) August 13, 2018
Jim Treacher has another option to put out there:
Wouldn't it be easier to just block Alex Jones? https://t.co/2m2rlxQTr4
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 13, 2018
We agree, but for many, that’s not enough — the Internet needs to be sanitized of his content and his presence. Who’s next after Jones? Someone’s got to be next, and we’ll find out soon enough.
Is everyone named Coulter insane? https://t.co/C8aBfs9Mvb
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) August 13, 2018
Just so you know, if you ever want to know if you’re supposed to be supporting or boycotting a business, visit grabyourwallet.org and they’ll tell you if the company’s CEO donated to the Trump campaign or “carries assault-style weapons.”
Freelancer finds that CNN's laser-focus on wiping out Alex Jones goes back a ways https://t.co/8lLwr4KCgd
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 10, 2018