Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Alex Jones 'hasn’t violated our rules — Twitter CEO

Alex Jones 'hasn’t violated our rules — Twitter CEO

He hailed it, branding Jones' show Infowars "the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart".

Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and chief executive, said in a series of messages posted Tuesday evening that the social networking service had not suspended accounts associated with Jones, 44, because he had not violated the company's policies. Jack Dorsey explained on Tuesday why both remain on the platform.

Twitter/RealAlexJonesThe drive to keep Alex Jones off the major online platforms may have had some unintended consequences-at least temporarily. "When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts". "And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified". Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been bad at explaining our decisions in the past". His claims include that the 9/11 terror attacks were actually carried out by the government and that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax.

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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey speaks at an event in London on November 20, 2014. "We'll enforce if he does", he said.

Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.

We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday.

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Twitter has at least clarified its position - in the delicate balance between allowing free speech and spreading lies, it seems to have decided, for now, that freedom comes first.

Dorsey also appeared to put the onus of identifying false information on individual users, calling on journalists to "document, validate, and refute such information".

Jones is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast and his platform, Infowars - founded in 1999 - producers another five podcasts.

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