Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones

10 August, 2018, 07:50 | Author: Carlos George
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CEO Jack Dorsey also tried to clarify the company's position in a series of tweets, saying that while Jones had not violated Twitter's rules, the company will "continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified".

Twitter/RealAlexJonesThe drive to keep Alex Jones off the major online platforms may have had some unintended consequences-at least temporarily. "Moving forward, we all need more clarity on what their rules are and how they intend to enforce them".

He has "built a vast audience" peddling theories that include claims that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the USA government and that the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 was "faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control", the newspaper says.

"We've been banned completely on Facebook, Apple and Spotify", Jones tweeted on Monday.

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he added. The trillion dollar company has removed five of the six podcasts produced by InfoWars, the conspiracy theory empire that Jones founded to spread misinformation. Jones, who was once described as a "performance artist" by his own lawyer, disputes that.

Jack Dorsey defended Twitter's decision to allow Alex Jones to keep tweeting after Apple, Facebook, and YouTube all banned the Infowars presenter.

Alex Jones is no longer welcome at Apple.

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An Apple spokesperson cited the company's clear hate speech guidelines and added that, while it is happy to represent a wide range of views, respect towards people with differing opinions is crucial.

In the same thread, Dorsey said Twitter in the past has "been bad at explaining our decisions" but that they're "fixing that". After the tech giant's move to remove Jones' content, other companies followed suit.

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.

Dorsey said Twitter won't hesitate to take action if Jones does violate its terms of use, but said the firm was not about to react to outside influence.

United States radio host Alex Jones (C) uses a megaphone to speak to crowds near the Quicken Loans Arena, the venue for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Twitter is taking other steps besides account deletions to combat misuse in its battle to rein in hate and abuse even as it tries to stay true to its roots as a bastion of free expression.

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