Twitter CEO Defends Decision Not to Ban Alex Jones, Infowars

12 August, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Carlos George
  • It’s not a ‘defense’ of Alex Jones to argue that we’re on a slippery slope of internet censorship

Technology companies have been under increasing pressure to boot Jones and Infowars from their platforms because of his promotion of conspiracy theories, particularly his claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged. We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: "he hasn't violated our rules", Dorsey explained Tuesday.

Removing the hate-mongering Alex Jones from his platforms is a huge step forward in the fight against fake news. "We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories", Dorsey tweeted, drawing fierce responses to his Twitter feed.

Dorsey's comments came the day after he announced that he would not take down Jones' personal account or his Infowars account ― even though almost every other major social media platform did so in recent days.

After CNN's report was published, all 20 of the Infowars tweets were deleted.

On Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his decision not to remove InfoWars and Alex Jones from the platform.

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The decision to completely pull the other shows, including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room", represents a broader effort than those made by other companies in recent days to stop disseminating material associated with Jones, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America".

But Web users can still access Infowars through its website and through the same tech companies that just banned it. Google offers the Infowars app for Android users, and Apple customers can download it through the App Store. Users can watch Jones's programs only live or via rebroadcasts of shows that recently aired, meaning that people using the app can access specific content only temporarily.

However, the InfoWars app is still available in Google's Play app marketplace.

"So, these are models that are looking at behaviors and behaviors of bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate, distract, divide a conversation or to unfairly amplify their content which they didn't earn so those are the signals that factor in and we do rank search, we do rank trends and we do rank conversations accordingly", Dorsey said. "We carefully review content on our platforms and products, for violations of our terms and conditions, or our content policies". Additionally, it is not entirely clear that the student in question was even a support of Alex Jones or Infowars.

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