Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

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The Late Show host brought back his spoof character based on Jones to mark the conspiracy theorist losing the "war on info". Those platforms cited hate speech content violations from Jones - that include, among other things, a conspiracy theory that says the 2012 Sandy Hook school attack was faked. Mr. Jones hadn't violated Twitter policy, which bans bullying or threatening behavior but not posts that are merely offensive to many.

Despite being banned by some tech companies and having his podcasts removed, the Infowars iPhone app became the fourth most popular news app in the App Store on Tuesday, according to screen grabs shared online. This followed the nearly simultaneous removal of his podcasts and pages from Apple, Facebook, and Spotify for hate-speech violations.

Dorsey said that Twitter wouldn't hesitate to take action if Jones did violate its terms of use but that the firm was not about to react to outside influence.


We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday.

He then went into more detail with subsequent tweets.

The companies that punished Jones said they did so because he violated their policies on hate speech.


Jones is facing five defamation suits, as NPR's Bill Chappell and Anastasia Tsioulcas reported, a lot of them centering around comments on school shootings: "He has been accused of knowingly spreading false information about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting this year, the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last year and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012".

"Accounts like Jones's can often sensationalise issues and spread unsubstantiated rumours, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions", he wrote. The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.

"We welcome everyone to express themselves on our service". Twitter has recently stepped up actions against fake accounts, but the company has admitted that it has no "scalable policy or set of product features around authenticity of content". Since he's been banned from all manner of social media platform, he's introducing a new medium to release his podcast, Brain Fight with Tuck Buckford.


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