Some Twitter users have given Jack Dorsey a choice to either choose Alex Jones or their regular Twitter users. Dubbed ‘DeactiDay’, this rebellion has led to a mass movement among users.
To give some background about the subject, Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who runs a website called InfoWars is infamous for altering facts from history and creating conspiracies about them. Some known conspiracies that have been created by InfoWars are: 9/11 was an “inside job”, shooting in a US elementary school was also an “inside job”, etc. Jones has a following of 8,91,000 Twitter users.
Following this, tech giants such as Facebook, Apple, and YouTube banned content from Alex Jones. However, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey tweeted that since Jones had not violated any of their rules, he would not be removed from the platform. This led to an agitation among users.
When Twitter merely suspended Alex Jones from tweeting on the platform, it urged Mike Monteiro and many more to start an online rebellion called DeactiDay, where they will deactivate their Twitter accounts. Monteiro is a designer.
Additionally, since Twitter gives a 30-day leeway to return to the platform, critics have threatened Twitter that it will lose its users after 30 days if it does not remove Alex Jones.
Next Friday. We’re out. The only thing Twitter cares about is engagement. Let’s stop giving it to them. Reclaim your life. Reclaim your blood pressure. Reclaim your mental health. Please help spread the message. #DeactiDay pic.twitter.com/Y6TVMHyQfa
— Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) August 11, 2018
Mike Monteiro who is spearheading the online rebellion in an interview to Mashable said, “You’ve got the perfect platform for spreading hate and there’s no checks on it whatsoever,” he further added “Alex Jones was just the final straw.” Reportedly, Monteiro has been critical of Twitter supporting extremist content on their platform.
So I am out tomorrow for #DeactiDay. I am deciding to leave rather than be frustrated that this platform I use every day also amplifies the voices of those who would rather see marginalized people dead than equal. — Shannon (@zchamu) August 16, 2018
Twitter is broken. You deserve better than an app that tolerates and welcomes the spreading of abuse and misinformation. Being part of this is not doing us any good. Personally, politically, socially. For a day, a week, forever: your call. It’s just a good time to go. #DeactiDay pic.twitter.com/LZEw78VYnp
— Wil ‘this account mocks fascists’ Wheaton (@wilw) August 15, 2018
Twitter is rife with posts supporting the movement.