Twitter CEO Defends Decision Not to Ban Alex Jones, Infowars

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey protected his company’s decision not to prohibit right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show, stating he did not break any guidelines.

Dorsey’s remarks, in a series of tweets late Tuesday, came after other significant tech companies got rid of Jones’ content for breaking hate speech policies.

” We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday,” Dorsey said. “We know that’s difficult for numerous but the factor is easy: he hasn’t breached our guidelines. We’ll enforce if he does.”

Dorsey was reacting after Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify took down product over the past week released by Jones, reflecting more aggressive enforcement of their hate speech policies and raising pressure on Twitter to do the exact same. Jones’s Facebook account has also been suspended for Thirty Days but he still has actually a “verified” Twitter account. A different Twitter account for Infowars is also still running.

” We’re going to hold Jones to the exact same requirement we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel great in the short term, and intensifying to brand-new conspiracy theories,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey said he wanted Twitter to prevent succumbing to outdoors pressure but rather impartially implement uncomplicated principles “despite political viewpoints.”

Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has actually developed his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories. His claims include that the 9/11 terror attacks were in fact performed by the government which the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 20 kids and 6 adults dead, was a scam.

Dorsey said that it’s the responsibility of reporters to “record, validate, and refute” rumours and sensationalised issues spread out by accounts like Jones’s so “individuals can form their own opinions.”

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