Back in September, Alex Jones and his website Infowars were suspended for one week after calls for action against “the enemy” on Twitter. During that time, Facebook and other social media sites permanently banned the group and their accounts. Now, Twitter has finally followed suit on October 22 in response to violations of the site’s policies.
“Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ previous violations,” wrote the @TwitterSafety account.
The ban came after a number of violations and warnings were sent to the accounts.
As such, Twitter has permanently suspended 18 accounts and five other accounts that tried to aid Jones and the Infowars accounts.
Back in September, Jones posted a video that led to his one-week suspension. This video claimed, “Now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.”
Jones and his Infowars site work to spread false information and conspiracy theories. His claims have gotten so out of hand that the Sandy Hook Elementary survivors have sued Jones for mental and emotional distress when he claimed the shooting was a hoax.
Jones and his site failed to answer requests for an interview but simply stated on his website, “I was taken down not because we lie but because we tell the truth.”
As more and more social media sites work to stop the spread of false information like this, internet security is more important than ever.
In fact, Twitter has worked to take down nearly 70 million bots since May alone. This is primarily in response to the EU’s new security measures implemented earlier this year.
Twitter has also been working to remove NPC accounts as well.
NPC is video game jargon for Non-Playable Character, basically a character in the game that isn’t controlled by a fellow gamer or the gamer themselves.
This idea has encroached on the social media world where NPC accounts have worked to spread false information and provoke liberal assertions.
So far, Twitter has worked to ban over 1,500 NPC accounts from its site.
Twitter has received some criticism for this decision; some are accusing the social media site of censorship since the NPC accounts are seemingly harmless.
But are they?
Twitter has reported that the 1,500 accounts have violated the rules of the site. By posing as liberal activists, the accounts were able to spread misleading content regarding the midterm elections scheduled to take place next month.
As social media sites continue to improve the security and safety of their users, new adaptations are necessary. In fact, your average data center must upgrade their IT equipment every three to five years in order to provide the necessary services to their clients.
A social media site is no different.
As Twitter moves to become a reputable source for news and information, this kind of activity sets off alarm bells throughout the site. Like a regular alarm system has a 30-second delay before alarm bells are rung, Twitter has given some of these accounts time to correct their mistakes and adhere to the policy previously laid out. Misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracies should not pose as reputable sources.
Whether or not the claims from NPCs will affect the results of the midterm elections has yet to be seen.