Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars


Finally, online digital platforms are taking the threat from Alex Jones seriously - and it's about time. The app allows you to stream programs from the conspiracy site and access content shared on InfoWars.

That the Infowars app has also thrived on Apple's and Google's app stores just days after the companies removed its content from other parts of their sites highlights the confusing nature of the tech companies' rules and their enforcement of them. A statement released Tuesday said that since 2013, the company has explicitly banned "targeted harassment", elaborated on how it enforces violations of its policies on hateful conduct and beefed up its rules on sharing intimate photos of someone without their consent, among other changes.

"It is impossible to promote healthy dialog with bad-faith actors, who regularly produce toxic, risky and demonstrably false conspiracy theories; the objective of which is to mislead, radicalize, divide", Cvet said.

It wasn't only major technology companies that chose to remove material associated with Jones.

Alex Jones is a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist.

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Glaser believes removing Infowars was "probably the right move because what Alex Jones was doing was causing real world harm".

While one of my legal clients (a 17 year old teen) was being interviewed by one of the most competitive colleges in the country he was asked why he was following Alex Jones on Twitter.

Jones is now facing a raft of defamation lawsuits, including multiple suits from the families of Sandy Hook victims.

Six families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation. Why help Jones turn national tragedies like the slaughter of 20 children from Sandy Hook Elementary School into fodder for conspiracy buffs?

He now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech.

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As NPR's David Folkenflik noted, "The ideas that Jones shares are particularly noxious, the idea that Sandy Hook massacre of schoolchildren was a hoax, the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, and other things". More recently, it has faced controversy over its handling of trolls, white supremacists and President Donald Trump.

Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.

Dorsey said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard as it does every account.

On Wednesday, Infowars was the No 1 overall "trending" app on the Google Play store, a metric that reflects its sudden momentum. A separate Twitter account for "Infowars" is also still running.

"They, like other platforms where consumers can post their views on any given topic, are struggling to reconcile their sense of themselves as a platform with the reality that they are more like media companies", Brian Wieser, senior analyst at Pivotal Research Group, tells Mobile Insider.

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