Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars

Twitter Gives a Very Bad and Unsatisfying Explanation for Why It Won’t Ban Alex Jones

Twitter Gives a Very Bad and Unsatisfying Explanation for Why It Won’t Ban Alex Jones

Dorsey's comments came the day after he announced that he would not take down Jones' personal account or his Infowars account ― even though almost every other major social media platform did so in recent days. But the company is monitoring the app.

Amid a social platform crackdown on Jones and his website Infowars that led to bans on Facebook and YouTube, Twitter has stood by its decision not to ban the controversial host. Seeing as the company has been so vocal lately about trying to curb "troll-like behaviors" and working to "reduce people's ability to detract from healthy public conversation", it seems like they'd be on board with banning someone who has built his career on harassing the parents of murdered children as well as teenage school shooting victims, who uses his platform to spread unsafe and hateful misinformation. The podcast app allowed access to an extensive list of previous episodes, subjecting all of those past episodes to Apple's content rules. Jones' show InfoWars is known for posting conspiracy theories.

The Infowars app functions much differently than the podcasts, potentially explaining the differences in enforcement.

"We do believe in the power of free expression, but we need to balance that with the bad-faith actors who intentionally try to silence others", he said. Family members of some of the victims are suing Jones for defamation.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey said in a series of tweets late Tuesday.

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Twitter's VP of trust and safety, Del Harvey, had said in an email to employees earlier on Wednesday that had InfoWars published the offending content to Twitter, it would constitute a violation of Twitter's rules, and would have forced the company to "take action".

While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones his reputation was 'amazing'.

Spotify, YouTube, and Facebook have all only removed several individual broadcasts by Jones.

Twitter has drawn public outcry for not removing Jones' account. Dorsey noted his fear of Twitter slipping into censorship, and noted that Jones has yet to violate Twitter's terms.

However, a spokesman for Twitter told HuffPost that the Hannity interview had been scheduled long beforehand, when Dorsey made a decision to open a dialogue with conservatives over bias claims.

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