Twitter Now Admits Infowars Did Violate Company Rules

Twitter has come under scrutiny this week after not banning Alex Jones after multiple other websites took action against the conspiracy-spreading Infowars host. CEO Jack Dorsey argued on Twitter that Jones just hasn’t violated company rules yet: CNN’s Oliver Darcy looked into that and found that content that got Jones disciplined elsewhere also appeared on Twitter. After his reporting calling out numerous tweets from Jones, the tweets were all taken down (Twitter denied anyone from the company did so). Well, last night Darcy reported that Twitter has now actually admitted that Jones and Infowars did violate rules:
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We can write about Twitter, we can stay on Twitter, but we can’t expect anything from Twitter

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

Are you still having fun? Brief recap of why Alex Jones and Infowars are bad and gross. Infowars is a conspiracy-theory-driven website that publishes many fake stories and also sells a ton of overpriced and ineffective nutritional supplements. (It has also, over the years, ripped off thousands of pieces of content not just from Russia Today but also from mainstream news organizations like The Washington Post, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and CNN.) Some of the conspiracy theories that Jones has propagated on the site and his daily radio show: That the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax (Sandy Hook parents are suing Jones for claiming that their murdered children were crisis actors); that Continue reading "We can write about Twitter, we can stay on Twitter, but we can’t expect anything from Twitter"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Criticized For Comparing Ben Shapiro’s Debate Challenge to ‘Catcalling’

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing criticism over how she rejected Ben Shapiro‘s challenge for the two of them to debate. Yesterday, the conservative commentator expressed his eagerness to sit-down with the progressive House candidate and was willing to make a $10,000 contribution to her campaign or raise money for charity. And after a delayed response, Ocasio-Cortez declined the offer. Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions,” she tweeted. “And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.” Conservative Twitter blasted the Ocasio-Cortez, not necessarily for rejecting Shapiro’s offer to a debate but for comparing the offer to Continue reading "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Criticized For Comparing Ben Shapiro’s Debate Challenge to ‘Catcalling’"

CNN Reports on Alex Jones Tweets That Violate Twitter Policy, Posts Quickly Deleted

Certain content created by conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones disappeared from Twitter Thursday, just one hour after a CNN article called them out for violating Twitter’s policies. Amid a social platform crackdown on Jones and his website Infowars that led to bans on Facebook and YouTube, Twitter has stood by its decision not to ban the controversial host. But CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported that Twitter’s vice president told staff that the content Jones was banned from YouTube and Facebook for was not permissible on Twitter. Darcy noted, however, that much of that content was posted on Twitter as well, and remained up.  All those posts were promptly removed from Twitter shortly after Darcy’s CNN report was published.

New York Times Writer Bashes Paper’s Latest Hire Sarah Jeong, Then Apologizes

New York Times writer Elizabeth Williamson was brutally “ratioed” this afternoon — i.e. savaged by users on Twitter — after taking a shot at her newest colleague at the paper, Sarah Jeong. Williamson tweeted an article from fellow New York Times writer Bret Stephens about Jeong, who has been the subject of scrutiny and center of controversy since past tweets bashing white people and police were uncovered last week. Stephens’ op-ed defended Jeong against criticism over her tweets, and welcomed her to the editorial board:

So welcome, Sarah, to The Times. I look forward to reading you with interest irrespective of agreement. I trust you’ll extend the same good faith to all of your new colleagues. Only through such faith do the people, institutions, and nations thrive.

“Here’s @BretStephensNYT offering a classy welcome to a colleague who has yet to prove she deserves one,” Williamson wrote, linking to the Continue reading "New York Times Writer Bashes Paper’s Latest Hire Sarah Jeong, Then Apologizes"

WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Brutally Flubs an Answer to a Question on Nancy Pelosi

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a knack for kicking off rounds of right-Twitter mockery. Today’s example is her rambling attempt to comment on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her role with democrats. The very popular candidate and face of the surging pro-socialism, anti-borders left has a way with words, that absolutely, right now, we’ll hopefully see, she can, rather, will, having better at. Like. Conservative speaker, author, and editor Ben Shapiro challenged Ocasio-Cortez this week to debate him, and offered to donate to her campaign if she agrees. Today, he knocked Continue reading "WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Brutally Flubs an Answer to a Question on Nancy Pelosi"