Happy Wednesday! In Tech Crawl, we’re sharing some of the tech stories we’re eyeing this morning.
Twitter rides the fence on controversial Jones
After a week of criticism, social-media giant Twitter finally did something about Infowars host and Austin celebrity(?) Alex Jones. Jones is facing a one-week suspension for linking to a video that was said to promote violence by calling on followers to raise “Battle rifles.”
The suspension will apparently last a week and will put Jones in read-only mode. He’ll still be able to access his account and read replies, he just won’t be able to post new Tweets.
Why it matters: Last week, Apple’s iTunes podcast directory, Facebook, YouTube and other social-media services booted Jones after a long history of posting hate speech and calling on followers to harass others. While Jones critics applauded the moves as long overdue. But some free-speech advocates said the bans might set a dangerous precedent, putting Jones in the position as a sort of first-amendment folk hero to some. Meanwhile, Twitter said it wasn’t going to act on Jones until he did something worth acting upon.
Will Jones bounce back? He could see the writing on the Twitter wall, apparently, and was already directing users to Tumblr. (Tumblr is owned by Verizon, by the way.) But as reported late last week, suspensions and bans may only make Jones stronger among his followers and only plays into his image. And for now, at least, his Twitter account is still a thing.
Other links we’re checking out this morning:
Instagram is having an issue with some users locked out of their accounts
The dating app’s bizarre history gets even weirder with allegations of sexual harassment claims against its former CEO
Ripping it up with those Threadrippers. Meanwhile, Intel taking a security hit
But will it stop bleeding players after hitting a peak?
Video of the day:
Do you really understand wormholes? THAT’S OK, NEITHER DO WE! Here’s a great explainer:
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