As Twitchy reported, Twitter was about the last holdout after every other major social media platform — Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Google, Pinterest, Vimeo, Spotify, Disqus, Mailchimp, YouPorn, etc. — had banned him and Infowars.
However, it seemed that CNN had taken a particular interest in hunting down Jones and pressuring advertisers to drive him off the face of the internet. CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported that after Twitter failed to ban Jones for breaking its terms of service, CNN scrubbed through Jones’ timeline to find instances of rulebreaking and report them.
Again, we’re not Alex Jones fans here and rarely pay attention to him, but the amount of attention Darcy and CNN have paid to Jones is kind of mind-boggling. On Tuesday night, Darcy confirmed with Twitter that it had limited certain functions of Jones’ account.
Twitter spox confirms to me that the company has limited key functions on Alex Jones’ account after determining he violated another one of network’s policies. He can still browse Twitter, but can’t tweet, retweet, etc. for 7 days. Jones also required to delete offending tweet.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 15, 2018
Just so we’re straight … CNN is still monitoring Jones’ account and reporting violations to Twitter?
imagine if your job was to watch alex jones all day and then try to get him erased from the internet
— Ryan (@alwaysonoffense) August 15, 2018
@oliverdarcy has tweeted/mentioned Alex Jones, 21 times in 6 days. Darcy should change his bio to "Senior Alex Jones Reporter, CNN"
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) August 15, 2018
That sounds more like a really bad hobby. Still unclear why a major network keeps paying someone to do it, and then to give a nut like Jones free publicity from it.
Most sane people ignore Alex Jones. Responsible news networks should too. https://t.co/2CNGeVYY6x
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 15, 2018
We’ll admit, we’re also still unclear on why CNN has a laser-site on Jones and feels compelled to police his compliance with Twitter’s rules. Um, thanks?
What a Hero. Round of applause for Oliver here, who so bravely used a multi-billion dollar media corporation to pressure a social media company into punishing an account he doesn’t like of a deranged water filter and vitamin salesman. Just like a firefighter. https://t.co/hFsAf2djPE
— PL4Y3R 0N3 (@PL4Y3R_0N3) August 15, 2018
How much does CNN pay for surveillance work? https://t.co/X6CyBa0q1e
— Kris Kinder (@kris_kinder) August 15, 2018
As bad as Alex Jones may be, Darcy is proving himself the soy filled scold that exemplifies a generation of numale journalists with ‘odd’ ethics. https://t.co/nzcbTX2bNe
— Douglas (@DouglasShrugged) August 15, 2018
Such bravery from CNN. They've been working so hard to get a conspiracy theorist banned from the internet. Just like the troops and firefighters. https://t.co/xLFww2zSRE
— Jim Simonetti (@Jimmy_Stick) August 15, 2018
News outlet preening while basically working to silence others’ speech. This is CNN. https://t.co/OaxPTyROrI
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) August 15, 2018
— Sean Medlock (@Sean_Medlock) August 15, 2018
Not all heroes wear capes https://t.co/nyElatzrUF
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) August 15, 2018
You’re the real hero Oliver…. https://t.co/6WrJ5adRGr
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) August 15, 2018
Twitter monitors are losers. https://t.co/UtAuoeDSqa
— Jeb Bos (@BigJebBos) August 15, 2018
The offending tweet being the one where Alex Jones says Trump has to stop the censorship. https://t.co/bD38rJaP91
— Girl_Grimly (@ed_grimly) August 15, 2018
@jack and @twitter have you asked yourself why @oliverdarcy and the media has gone after @RealAlexJones but don’t go after @LouisFarrakhan who spews real bigotry and hate as well as encourages violence? Just curious as to why Jones is the Media and Social Media target. Politics? https://t.co/krE92gTBSk
— ChrisOnPolitics (@USA_First_2016) August 15, 2018
CNN’s gonna do Farrakhan next. Right? Seeing as that’s their job now …
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