CEO Dorsey explains why Twitter not joining ban of Alex Jones

Frederick Owens
August 8, 2018

Dorsey said that Twitter wouldn't hesitate to take action if Jones did violate its terms of use but that the firm was not about to react to outside influence. Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Google's (GOOGL) YouTube removed content associated with Jones and InfoWars for violating their policies.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said his social media platform won't join a host of others in banning controversial radio host Alex Jones, because he hasn't broken any rules. Jack Dorsey explained on Tuesday why both remain on the platform.

Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist. It was a thinly veiled dig at Facebook and YouTube, which took action against Jones on Monday only after Apple chose to scrub his podcasts from iTunes on the grounds that they included hate speech.

With a series of bans and content removal by major technology firms, Jones has complained that there is a coordinated "big tech" agenda to silence him.

He is now being sued by the parents of the children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, having claimed the attack was a hoax.

Here's what Twitter Safety said: "As we have stated publicly, we strongly believe Twitter should not be the arbiter of truth nor do we have scalable solutions to determine and action what's true or false". "We'll enforce if he does", he said.

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The Twitter honcho admitted that Jones, who has claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, can "often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors".

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he added.

First reported by Buzzfeed News, the move comes after Spotify recently pulled a handful of Jones's podcasts from its own platform.

Several users on Twitter pointed out the seeming inconsistency of Twitter's policies.

Facebook blocked four of Jones's pages on Monday morning, followed by YouTube's decision to delete his Infowars page, which boasted 2.4 million followers.

Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories.

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