Twitter CEO not banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Cheryl Sanders
August 8, 2018

Twitter/RealAlexJonesThe drive to keep Alex Jones off the major online platforms may have had some unintended consequences-at least temporarily.

In a similar move, Spotify also removed all the episodes of Jones' The Alex Jones Show after removing selected episodes last week.

Dorsey was responding after Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify took down material over the past week published by Jones, raising pressure on Twitter to do the same. Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been bad at explaining our decisions in the past".

The social media chief acknowledged Jones' sensational claims but said they don't automatically cross the terms of Twitter's user policies.

InfoWars is notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues.

"Facebook caved here because Apple chose to enforce their own Terms", activist group Sleeping Giants tweeted on Monday.

"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principals we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction. This should have been done long ago, not because another company provided them cover".

Dorsey appeared to take a swipe at the tech platforms that banned Jones and said Twitter refused to take "one-off actions to make us feel good" or make decisions that could ultimately fuel "new conspiracy theories". Bloomberg LP produces TicToc, a global breaking news network for the Twitter service.

Conspiracy theorist and radio talk show host Alex Jones speaks during a rally in support of Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016 in Cleveland.

A Twitter spokesman confirmed that InfoWars and associated accounts now comply with Twitter's rules.

As BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel pointed out, Jones does use Twitter differently from the way he uses other social-media sites, posting less inflammatory content. Jones most recently made headlines when he counter-sued the families for legal fees. Whether it's child slaves on Mars, or the PizzaGate hoax, Jones exploits the fear and paranoia of our age better than anyone else in the business. He previously claimed he was being defamed by the Sandy Hook parents.

US-based social media have always been criticized by some liberal commentators for lacking transparency in how they ban content and for having an apparent political bias. "Unfortunately, for numerous Sandy Hook families, the damage has already been done".

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