Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains why Alex Jones is not banned

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains why Alex Jones is not banned

Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Pinterest, and LinkedIn have all removed material from Jones and his Infowars site.

"When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", YouTube said in a statement to media.

Twitter said it is standing by its decision not to ban accounts associated with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, despite "outside pressure" for it to ban his content.

But in case the service's position was not entirely clear, Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey further shed light on its stance via a series of tweets late Tuesday. "We'll enforce if he does", he said.

As of this writing, InfoWars is now the fourth most popular free app on the Apple App Store, beating CNN, the New York Times, Google News, HuffPost, and dozens of other mainstream news outlets.

In this file photo, Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.

Spotify on Monday confirmed it has removed all episodes of The Alex Jones Show, after taking down some selected episodes last week.

Jones' Instagram (owned by Facebook) account is still active, as is his Periscope account, which is owned by Twitter. Podcasts like "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room" have been pulled from all of Apple's directories, but the company has left up the less popular InfoWars podcast "Real News With David Knight".

Kevin M. Kruse, a historian at Princeton, sought to portray Dorsey's resort to Twitter's codes of conduct as blind to Jones's online behavior.

Jones has made a living off of preaching what Colbert described as "vile conspiracy theories" for years, most notoriously maintaining that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was an elaborate hoax.

Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories, including the claim that the 9-11 terror attacks were carried out by the government. But it became a hot issue in the USA after companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were accused of failing to stop alleged Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

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