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Twitter puts Infowars’ Alex Jones in the ‘read-only’ sin bin for 7 days

Twitter has finally taken action against Infowars creator Alex Jones, but it isn’t what you might think.

While Apple, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Spotify and many others have removed Jones and his conspiracy-peddling organization Infowars from their platforms, Twitter has remained unmoved with its claim that Jones hasn’t violated rules on its platform.

That was helped in no small way by the mysterious removal of some tweets last week, but now Jones has been found to have violated Twitter’s rules, as CNET first noted.

Twitter is punishing Jones for a tweet that violates its community standards but it isn’t locking him out forever. Instead, a spokesperson for the company confirmed that Jones’ account is in “read-only mode” for up to seven days.

That means he will still be able to use the service and look up content via his account, but he’ll be unable to engage with it. That means no tweets, likes, retweets, comments, etc. He’s also been ordered to delete the offending tweet — more on that below — in order to qualify for a fully functioning account again.

That restoration doesn’t happen immediately, though. Twitter policy states that the read-only sin bin can last for up to seven days “depending on the nature of the violation.” We’re imagining Jones got the full one-week penalty, but we’re waiting on Twitter to confirm that.

The offending tweet in question is a link to a story claiming President “Trump must take action against web censorship.” It looks like the tweet has already been deleted, but not before Twitter judged that it violates its policy on abuse:

Abuse: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.

When you consider the things Infowars and Jones have said or written — 9/11 conspiracies, harassment of Sandy Hook victim families and more — the content in question seems fairly innocuous. Indeed, you could look at President Trump’s tweets and find seemingly more punishable content without much difficulty.

But here we are.

The weirdest part of this Twitter caning is one of the reference points that the company gave to media. These days, it is common for the company to point reporters to specific tweets that it believes encapsulate its position on an issue, or provide additional color in certain situations.

In this case, Twitter pointed us — and presumably other reporters — to this tweet from Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson:

Alex Jones has been suspended by Twitter for 7 days for a video talking about social media censorship. Truly, monumentally, beyond stupid. 😄

On the same day that the Infowars website was brought down by a cyber attack.

Will this madness ever end? pic.twitter.com/hXDzH2b7rT

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 14, 2018

WTF, Twitter…

Man in giant fish finger outfit beautifully upstages politician

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General election night in the UK is a long, tiring business, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of joy too.

The joke candidates that stand purely for the pleasure of being on TV in their silly outfits, for instance.

249! A new Buckethead record! Something to celebrate, eh? #GeneralElection17 pic.twitter.com/cCx7Utc8EL

— Lord Buckethead (@LordBuckethead) June 9, 2017

One of these candidates is a man who goes by the name “Mr Fish Finger.” He was standing in the same constituency as Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron after he managed to successfully crowdfund over £2,300 (more than enough for the £500 pledge). Read more…

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Queen Cersei gives student A+ acting advice on how to play Queen Cersei

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If you want to get some top-level acting tips, you might as well go straight to the original source.

On Tuesday, actor M. Browne sent a tweet to Game of Thrones star Lena Headey. He was set to play Cersei Lannister in his next class, apparently, and he was looking for some advice.

@IAMLenaHeadey I have to embody Cersei for a class next week. Any advice? #acting #homework

— M. Browne (@Brownemint) April 18, 2017

Luckily, being the all-round nice person that she is (and actually nothing at all like Cersei IRL), Headey responded. Read more…

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Norwegian paper publishes spectacularly viral Donald Trump burn

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LONDON — The current trend of Trump-based mockery is spreading across Europe like wildfire.

We’ve had parody videos from the Netherlands, parody videos from Switzerland, and now we Norwegian people crow-barring Trump jokes into their newspapers.

Earlier in the week, journalist Kim Rathcke Jensen shared an extract from a Norwegian paper and added the translation. It’s since gone viral in a big way:

From a Norwegian paper:
– If you were stranded on an island, who would you bring along?
– I’ll take one for the team and bring along Trump pic.twitter.com/HMPo5FQQ7K

— Kim Rathcke Jensen (@kinablog) January 31, 2017 Read more…

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Don't ever try to use 'Harry Potter' against J.K. Rowling in an argument

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LONDON — As we’ve learned over the past week, throwing insults at J.K. Rowling on Twitter is a very bad idea.

But attempting to use references from her own books to win an argument? That’s an even worse plan.

Following on from her repeated shut-downs of the people threatening to burn her books, someone else accused her of using “the mark of the beast in a children’s novel”.

It didn’t end well for them.

Nicolas Flamel doesn’t die in the Potter books. Seriously, read before you burn, it’ll make attacking me so much easierpic.twitter.com/cU8AOMS21F

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 2, 2017 Read more…

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London police stop to help 'collapsed person,' get an odd surprise

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LONDON — In a job that’s probably filled with unpleasant surprises, it must be a nice relief when something that appears to be grim actually turns out to be entirely innocent.

It’s happened before with the British police. There was the “person who sounded in distress” and turned out to be a goat and the “injured otter” that was nothing more than a fake fur collar.

And when the Lewisham Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team was out patrolling on Wednesday, it happened again.

“There was an alleyway with a trolley full of goods at the entrance and there was something that looked like a person slumped over so we went to investigate,” a spokesperson told the London Evening Standard. Read more…

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