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

08 August, 2018, 20:08 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Tech companies gave massive platforms to conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Is the crackdown finally here

He is now being sued by the parents of the children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, having claimed the attack was a hoax.

Infowars host Alex Jones has been booted off Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube for violating the companies' hate-speech guidelines.

Senator Murphy rejected the criticism, arguing that restrictions on free speech by companies could not be compared to government censorship and that the case of Jones - who is a controversial figure standing accused of endorsing conspiracy theories and bullying - would not lead to more cases of online censorship of popular voices. It's on everyone else.

Dorsey said that it's the responsibility of journalists to "document, validate, and refute" rumors and sensationalized issues spread by accounts like Jones's so "people can form their own opinions". "This is what serves the public conversation best".

These pages include the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.

As of this writing, InfoWars is now the fourth most popular free app on the Apple App Store, beating CNN, the New York Times, Google News, HuffPost, and dozens of other mainstream news outlets.

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Jones is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast and his platform, Infowars - founded in 1999 - producers another five podcasts. He may have escaped a ban for not violating Twitter's policies, but Dorsey says: "we'll enforce if he does".

But that leaves Twitter as the one big social media megaphone for Mr Jones.

"We've been banned completely on Facebook, Apple and Spotify", Jones tweeted on Monday. Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been bad at explaining our decisions in the past".

"#Infowars has been banned on so many platforms, but people are still finding ways to get the truth", he added in subsequent tweet.

Dorsey's tweet echoed an earlier statement from Twitter, which said it's "constantly moderating content on its platform and will take action if it needs to". 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".

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