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Why Twitter won't ban Alex Jones

10 August 2018

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sparked outrage on Twitter Tuesday when he doubled down on his explanation for not banning Infowars host and founder Alex Jones.

Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey tweeted that his platform wouldn't join other social networks in banning parts or all of Mr. Jones's controversial content. "Moving forward, we all need more clarity on what their rules are and how they intend to enforce them".

In November 2016, we shared more details around hateful conduct and how we enforce policy violations.

Jones, who has a verified Twitter account with 855,000 followers, had not been barred for a "simple" reason, Dorsey said: "he hasn't violated our rules.

We're fixing that. 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", he wrote.

Rather than banning people like Jones, Dorsey explained that journalists should work to refute unsubstantiated rumors, which will allow people to form their own opinions. "That is what serves the public conversation best".

For example, Jones' podcasts including Infowars, The Alex Jones Show, and War Room have been removed from iTunes, according to the Inquisitr.

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The Alex Jones YouTube channel had 2.4 million subscribers and its videos were viewed over 1.5 billion times.

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. Previously, Jones has claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax set up by anti-gun activists, causing some of his disciples to threaten and harass victims' parents. But while YouTube, Facebook, Apple and others have come down hard on the right-wing conspiracy theorist for peddling hate speech, Twitter is standing by him.

WikiLeaks said it could be next after talk show host Alex Jones was censored by several media giants.

Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been bad at explaining our decisions in the past".

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, issued a similar statement, saying Jones' accounts had violated its "policies against hate speech and harassment", but Jones claimed his statements are protected by free speech.

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Why Twitter won't ban Alex Jones