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InfoWars’ Alex Jones Issues Video Statement On His Social Media Bans

08 August 2018

Dorsey directed readers towards an article further explaining Twitter's rules.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has defended his company's decision to continue publishing the controversial tweets of the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying Jones's content "hasn't violated our rules".

The iOS app Infowars Official was ranked the fourth most popular news app earlier today, less than 48 hours after Apple and other tech companies booted Jones off its social media platforms.

"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles 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".

A number of platforms have reached a different conclusion, as the crackdown on Jones intensified this week.

After Jones sought to skip the suspension by broadcasting live on other YouTube channels, the online video platform said it closed down all of his affiliated channels, which counted some 2.4 million subscribers.

The terms for podcasts and apps vary in language, but Apple has not said why it hasn't pulled Infowars Official from the App Store. Both sites had already temporarily limited his publishing power, and Spotify showed itself ready to act against Jones when it removed some of his podcasts last week.

Twitter said it is standing by its decision not to ban accounts associated with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, despite "outside pressure" for it to ban his content.

Spotify, YouTube, and Facebook have all only removed several individual broadcasts by Jones.

Jones, the notorious conspiracy theorist now facing lawsuits from a number of Sandy Hook families, was kicked off multiple other platforms and has subsequently decried being "censored", but Twitter has not yet followed suit. He also encouraged journalists to "refute" false information. This marks a contrast with the approach of Facebook, which has rolled out a set of fact-checking initiatives, including the use of machine-learning tools to prevent the spread of debunked stories.

His site Infowars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being "actors" in a plot to discredit the gun lobby. Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been bad at explaining our decisions in the past". Amid the reaction against Jones sweeping much of the technology industry, she said, Twitter had missed "an opportunity to take a stand and commit to making and enforcing hard choices in service of promoting healthy conversation".

InfoWars’ Alex Jones Issues Video Statement On His Social Media Bans