Twitter CEO not banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Twitter CEO not banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Twitter CEO not banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

However, there's been one notable exception: Twitter. "Your platform does not operate in a vacuum", she said in a tweet directed at Dorsey. And Spotify said, "The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform". "We'll enforce if he does", he said. He stated that Jones "hasn't violated our rules" yet, but Dorsey says that rules will be enforced, and the platform is committed to maintaining "a healthy conversational environment" while (hopefully) watching out for bot-driven amplification of tweets. He highlighted the need to adhere to Twitter's own rules rather than "succumbing" and "reacting" to outside pressure, as that would lead Twitter to becoming a service that's "constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction".

Apple, meanwhile, recently joined Spotify, Facebook and YouTube in snubbing Jones' content.

A former communications director for Twitter, Emily Horne, responded directly to Dorsey on Twitter, disagreeing with the decision not to ban Jones and faulting the company's CEO for appearing to blame the outcry against Twitter on "communications".

While banning the Infowars podcasts from iTunes listings seems pretty clear cut based on Apple's guidelines, pulling the Infowars Official app from the App Store isn't. Everyone is now anticipating if any other media company will be targeted in this way by the social media giant and just how veracious this crackdown on fake news will be.

LinkedIn, Pinterest and MailChimp have also removed Jones from their services. The reason that the platforms gave Jones is that his content has been labeled as hate speech. "We tried treating @reddit as a silo, and it was a huge mistake". Facebook said it removed four pages belonging to Jones for repeatedly posting content in recent days that breaks community standards on hate speech, bullying and glorifying violence. Jones also claims the 9/11 terror attack on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

Facebook recently made a decision to slap the conspiracy theorist with a 30-day "time out" from Facebook, for violating its community standards. Jones has a "verified" blue tick account.


The social network announced Tuesday that it would not ban Alex Jones or InfoWars from the site, noting that neither are now in violation of its rules. The Infowars YouTube channel was also terminated.

Jones' rise from fringe hate figure to prominent media presence has been incendiary, with the conspiracy theorist thought to reach at least 70 million people a week, according to CBS News.

Colbert then went on to revive his Jones-inspired character - Brain Fight radio host Tuck Buckford - who is coincidentally dealing with very similar struggles at this moment in time.

And while naysayers may dismiss these moves as symptomatic of "snowflake" culture, Jones' actions have the capacity to cause real harm.

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

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