After Twitter’s defiant refusal to ban fake news purveyor and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, CNN proved he had violated the social media company’sTerms of Service. Twitter refused to join YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and other top platform in banning Jones.
But then, as is often the case on Twitter, a movement to get Jones off Twitter sprung into action. 50,000 users blocked Twitter’s top advertisers.
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
The same day, Jones posted a literal call to arms on Twitter’s Periscope video platform, telling supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready, as Media Matters reported Tuesday.
Twitter reportedly asked Jones to take the video down. In other words, they gave him special treatment, just as they did after CNN’s report that about 20 of Jones’ tweets violated their TOS. Twitter announced that since Jones removed the offending tweets they would take no action.
But finally, late Tuesday night, Twitter appears to have handed Jones literally the lightest form of punishment available. He can still use Twitter but cannot post to the social media platform – for a week, as CNN’s senior media reporter Oliver Darcy tweeted:
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
CNN, confirming the suspension, reports Jones’ video said, “now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.”
Twitter “suspending” Jones for just seven days is a slap on the wrist.
Earlier this week Jones announced that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has been the public face of the company’s refusal to ban Jones, an “ally against globalists.”
‘I’m entitled’: Kayleigh McEnany defends her 11 mail-in votes while calling it ‘fraud’ for the masses
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday faced questions from Fox News about why she had voted by mail 11 times even though President Donald Trump has called absentee ballots a "scam."
McEnany was asked about her voting history after the Tampa Bay Times reported that she had used mail-in voting nearly a dozen times in recent years.
"So why is it OK for you to do it?" Fox News host Ed Henry asked McEnany. "I understand you are traveling, you're in a different city. But how can you really be assured that your votes were counted accurately but when other people do it, it's fraud."
American Airlines to cut 30% of management staff
American Airlines will cut 30 percent of its management and support staff in its latest belt-tightening move during the prolonged COVID-19 downturn, the company disclosed Thursday.
The big US carrier outlined a series of measures to reduce headcount throughout its operations in an email to staff that was released in a securities filing Thursday.
American currently has a team of 17,000 people in management and support, meaning the actions planned will cut about 5,100 jobs.
The move follows statements from United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and other carriers that have signaled deep job cuts due to sinking air travel demand from coronavirus shutdowns.
‘They want their civil war’: Far-right ‘boogaloo’ militants have embedded themselves in the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis
Young, white men dressed in Hawaiian-style print shirts and body armor, and carrying high-powered rifles have been a notable feature at state capitols, lending an edgy and even sometimes insurrectionary tone to gatherings of conservatives angered by restrictions on businesses and church gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
Just as many states are reopening their economies — and taking the wind out of the conservative protests — the boogaloo movement found a new galvanizing cause: the protests in Minneapolis against the police killing of George Floyd.
A new iteration of the militia movement, boogaloo was born out of internet forums for gun enthusiasts that repurposed the 1984 movie Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo as a code for a second civil war, and then modified it into phrases like “big luau” to create an insular community for those in on the joke, with Hawaiian-style shirts functioning as an in-real-life identifier. Boogaloo gained currency as an internet meme over the summer of 2019, when it was adopted by white supremacists in the accelerationist tendency. In January, the movement made the leap from the internet to the streets when a group boogaloo-ers showed up at the Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Va.