Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to his own social media platform Tuesday to explain why the company decided not to ban conspiracy theorist and conservative radio show host Alex Jones, unlike other major tech companies.

Dorsey's tweet echoed an earlier statement from Twitter, which said it's "constantly moderating content on its platform and will take action if it needs to". He's now being sued by the victims' family members over harassment they received from "Infowars" fans and has been booted from a number of major platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Apple.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey said.

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Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have all banned Jones' from their platforms, saying he promoted hate speech and violence, but Twitter had allowed Jones to continue posting on the platform.

"Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users".

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He added that the company would "hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account".

He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints". It was a thinly veiled dig at Facebook and YouTube, which took action against Jones on Monday only after Apple made a decision to scrub his podcasts from iTunes on the grounds that they included hate speech.

Dorsey also said in his tweet thread that it is the responsibility of journalists to "document, validate, and refute" the information that "accounts like Jones'" often spread. Amid the reaction against Jones sweeping much of the technology industry, she said, Twitter had missed "an opportunity to take a stand and commit to making and enforcing hard choices in service of promoting healthy conversation".

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The company also repeated a line previously used by Facebook that Twitter did not want to get into a position of becoming "the arbiter of truth".

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