Twitter is not banning Alex Jones; Jack Dorsey explains why

10 August, 2018, 07:48 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Alex Jones and the rise of corporate censorship

In a thread of five tweets, Dorsey on Tuesday said Jones had not broken Twitter's rules and so the company decided against blocking him even after Apple, Facebook, and YouTube all barred the Infowars host on Monday. "Moving forward, we all need more clarity on what their rules are and how they intend to enforce them".

"We'll enforce if he does". In an apparent reference to other tech companies, he added that Twitter would not "succumb and simply react to outside pressure". He also added that Twitter is not a "service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction".

Further in Dorsey's thread, he said it was up to journalists to "document, validate, and refute" claims like Jones'. Dorsey said it's the responsibility of the press, which is "what serves the public conversation best".

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For example, Jones' podcasts including Infowars, The Alex Jones Show, and War Room have been removed from iTunes, according to the Inquisitr. Jones, who was once described as a "performance artist" by his own lawyer, disputes that.

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

As BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel points out, Jones does use Twitter differently to other social media sites, choosing to be less inflammatory. 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.

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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".

The four pages, the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page, have been "unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes".

Dorsey said he understood why people were upset with the decision, but he said censorship isn't the answer. Apple Inc. and Spotify Technology SA have taken similar actions against podcasts produced by Jones.

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