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.”
Donald Trump’s big short: Is the president profiting off the market chaos he creates?
Back in early 2018, I noticed something hinky about the confluence of Donald Trump’s blurts about his trade war with the movement of the stock market. As I wrote in this space back in August, I believe Trump or people close to Trump might be profiting off the volatility of the markets ever since the president first declared a trade war against our allies and frenemies alike.
Since the passage of the 2009 stimulus, and with the exception of 2015, the markets have been mostly climbing steadily, in a relatively smooth upward slope. This ascending trajectory continued through the first year of Trump’s presidency until suddenly we began to observe harrowing single-day declines — volatility in the form of precipitous collapses of as much as 1,175 points in the Dow.
Trump Jr. and McGahn didn’t testify before the Mueller grand jury — and a federal judge wants to know why
During the Russia investigation, former special counsel Robert Mueller sought testimony from a long list of people. But according to a court filing on Sunday, two people who Mueller did not force to testify before a grand jury were Donald Trump Jr. and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. And U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell wants to know why.
The court filing on Sunday, according to The Week, was in response to a ruling Howell made on Thursday — when Howell asserted that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was withholding too much information from the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York. The House Judiciary Committee, The Week’s Peter Weber reports, has been “wrangling” with DOJ over the evidence that Mueller obtained during his lengthy investigation.
James Byrd, Jr., John William King, and the history of American lynching
In February, 1999, John William King – who was executed in Huntsville, Texas on April 24, 2019 –became the first white man in modern Texas history to be sentenced to death for killing a black person. How that black person, James Byrd, Jr., died was no mystery. Three self-proclaimed white supremacists had drawn up a plan to start a race war while they were in prison. These men chained Byrd to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him for a mile and half until his head and right arm were torn from his body by a concrete culvert on Huff Creek Road in Jasper County.