Infowars app surges in popularity after tech platforms move against Alex Jones

Leroy Wright
August 10, 2018

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey faced blowback this week as his social media network remained one of the few sites still willing to host content from InfoWars' Alex Jones, despite his record of hateful speech, conspiracy-mongering, and incitement of threats against others, such as the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Twitter isn't the only company keeping Jones on their platform. Since the app hosts livestreams rather than recorded videos or audio clips (like the removed InfoWars podcasts), it makes it harder to discover when the app itself has violated Apple's rules.

"So, these are models that are looking at behaviors and behaviors of bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate, distract, divide a conversation or to unfairly amplify their content which they didn't earn so those are the signals that factor in and we do rank search, we do rank trends and we do rank conversations accordingly", Dorsey said.

"Twitter, for example, decided not to ban Alex Jones or Infowars", Hannity said at the opening of his show.

The Infowars Official app has become the App Store's third most-downloaded news app this week after Apple removed access on Sunday to some of Jones' podcasts.

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Dorsey said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard as it does every account.

He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints". "We continue to monitor apps for violations of our guidelines and if we find content that violates our guidelines and is harmful to users we will remove those apps from the store as we have done previously". "Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions".

Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the United States government. This week, YouTube said that its decision to delete the Infowars channel was prompted by Jones violating a temporary ban against broadcasting live on YouTube.

Some users caught an Orwellian vibe to the policy and suggested it's unacceptable for a social media platform to poke its nose in what they're doing when not logged on.

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