Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

Marsha Scott
August 10, 2018

The enfant bad has just seen five of his Infowars podcasts culled from iTunes by Apple, including the eponymous Alex Jones Show and War Room, leaving just two podcasts associated with Jones' platform, RealNews and David Knight, still available.

Apple banned the Alex Jones's Infowars podcasts from the iTunes Store over hate speech violations, but his Infowars Official app for the iPhone and iPad is still available on the App Store.

In a series of tweets, Dorsey explains that Twitter enforces its rules "impartially, regardless of political viewpoints".

Colbert then brought back a Jones-like character called Tuck Buckford that he debuted earlier this year to parody Jones and InfoWars. "We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted.

Dorsey took a thinly veiled swipe at Facebook and YouTube, which acted only after Apple removed Jones, by saying Twitter did not "simply react to outside pressure".

In a statement, McAdams stated that he and Horton were suspended for defending the former US diplomat Peter Van Buren, who was also banned from the platform following an argument with a man allegedly funded by socialist billionaire George Soros.

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Dorsey said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard as it does every account. 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. Dorsey suggested that although "accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors", it is the responsibility of journalists to validate his claims "so people can form their own opinions".

Probably most alarming was Apple's decision to remove Alex Jones' and InfoWars podcasts given that it has not gained as prominent a reputation for deplatforming as Facebook and Google have. "This is what serves the public conversation best".

The company is resisting pressure to follow suit, clarifying that Jones has not yet broken its rules.

"Folks, there was some bad news recently for extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist and bath salts spokesmodel Alex Jones, because it looks like his website InfoWars just lost their war on info", the CBS late-night host joked.

Twitter is taking other steps besides account deletions to combat misuse in its battle to rein in hate and abuse even as it tries to stay true to its roots as a bastion of free expression.

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