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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Alex Jones, election security and regrets

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the company's decision this week to put Infowars' Alex Jones in a seven-day "timeout" after Jones urged his viewers to ready their "battle rifles" against the media.

Dorsey said he resisted banning Jones, the embattled conspiracy theorist and radio host, despite calls to do so, some of which came from inside Twitter.

"We can't build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe," Dorsey told NBC News' Lester Holt in an exclusive interview.

Dorsey said he believes the suspension can be effective and is consistent with the company's policies.

"I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors," Dorsey said.

When asked by Holt if he believes Jones will change his behavior, Dorsey said he did not know.

"Whether it works within this case to change some of those behaviors and change some of those actions, I don't know," Dorsey said. "But this is consistent with how we enforce."

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