Why Twitter won’t ban Alex Jones

Why Twitter won’t ban 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.

"We know that's hard for many, but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules". A spokesperson for Google stated "When users violate ... policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts".

Instead Dorsey is calling on journalists to investigate and refute the more outlandish claims propagated by Jones, including a wild theory that a 2012 U.S. high school shooting in which 26 people were killed was an elaborate hoax. He also added that Twitter is not a "service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction". The CEO also called upon journalists to refute "unsubstantiated rumors" from Jones' account "so people can form their own opinions". "This is what serves the public conversation best", he wrote in another tweet.

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The social network announced Tuesday that it would not ban Alex Jones or InfoWars from the site, noting that neither are now in violation of its rules. On Tuesday, MailChimp and Disqus joined in, leaving Twitter as one of the last companies to provide a platform for Jones and his website. A decision late Sunday by Apple to erase virtually all of Jones' podcasts from iTunes and its podcast apps set off a cascade. Further suspensions piled up a day later - YouTube and Facebook said they removed his main outlets, as NPR reported, "citing repeated violations of policies against hate speech and glorifying violence". He is perhaps most notorious for claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 26 children and adults dead, was a hoax and that the surviving relatives are paid actors.

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.

"Truth is we've been bad at explaining our decisions in the past".

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Silicon Valley can't decide how to deal with Alex Jones. While he doesn't look like Jones, he sounds just like him while parodying the Infowars host calling on viewers to send donations in wake of popular platforms turning against him.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio and online platforms and had been available on YouTube, reached at least 70 million people a week.

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