Monday, 15 October, 2018

Amid backlash, Twitter CEO explains why Alex Jones hasn't been banned

Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app
Ray Hunter | 08 August, 2018, 20:06

"Folks, there was some bad news recently for extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist and bath salts spokesmodel Alex Jones", the Late Show host said.

After a long period of public pressure, multiple platforms and outlets such as YouTube and Spotify, have removed Infowars and Alex Jones content from their respective platforms. The other companies, including Facebook and Apple, cited harassment and hate speech as among the reasons they had deleted years of content from Jones, who responded by telling The Washington Post that the First Amendment was in danger. Dorsey suggested that although "accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors", it is the responsibility of journalists to validate his claims "so people can form their own opinions".

"Now if you want to see one of Jones' signature rants, you'll have to be in the next booth at Ruby Tuesday's when he sees a mother breastfeeding", Colbert said.

Earlier this week, Apple removed five of InfoWars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts apps.

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account. The boost was likely caused by increased downloads given the news Monday that InfoWars was banned from several tech platforms.

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United States radio host Alex Jones (C) uses a megaphone to speak to crowds near the Quicken Loans Arena, the venue for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Dorsey directed readers towards an article further explaining Twitter's rules. "The decision was made because the conspiracy theories and vitriol that populated Jones's videos violated the tech companies" community standards.

"Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", she said. "While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our service, we prohibit targeted behaviour that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others".

Facebook blocked four of Jones's pages on Monday morning, followed by YouTube's decision to delete his Infowars page, which boasted 2.4 million followers.

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