Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars

Leroy Wright
August 8, 2018

His site Infowars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being "actors" in a plot to discredit the gun lobby.

Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify took down over the past week material published by Jones, reflecting more aggressive enforcement of their hate speech policies after rising online backlash and raising pressure on Twitter to do the same.

They are The Alex Jones Channel Page, The Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Nightly News Page and the Infowars Page.

YouTube on Monday deleted the Alex Jones Channel from its platform for violating its community guidelines. The massacre resulted in the deaths of over 20 children and several adults.

While accepting accounts like Jones' can often "sensationalise issues and spread unsubstantiated rumours", Dorsey sidestepped responsibility for allowing the broadcaster to do so, saying it was up to journalists to police his comments.

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he added.

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Earlier this week, Apple removed five of six Infowars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps for violating its hate speech guidelines. It was the first major company to sanction the broadcaster in its entirety as pressure has mounted on content sharing platforms in recent months to clampdown on Jones and Infowars.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. In a side swipe at the suggestion that numerous bans that have been slapped on Jones and Infowars in recent days have been kneejerk reactions, he adds: "we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified".

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with different opinions". "The one platform that they CAN'T ban and will ALWAYS have our live streams is infowars.com/show", Jones, who has more than 850,000 Twitter followers, tweeted Monday.

The document reads: "Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted".

In a similar move, Spotify also removed all the episodes of Jones' The Alex Jones Show after removing selected episodes last week.

Kevin M. Kruse, a historian at Princeton, sought to portray Dorsey's resort to Twitter's codes of conduct as blind to Jones's online behavior. Dorsey said the company was committed to promoting "a healthy conversational environment" - which included Jones.

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