Twitter explains why it won’t ban Alex Jones or Infowars

Erika Holt
August 10, 2018

A former communications director for Twitter, Emily Horne, responded directly to Dorsey on Twitter, disagreeing with the decision not to ban Jones and faulting the company's CEO for appearing to blame the outcry against Twitter on "communications". "Moving forward, we all need more clarity on what their rules are and how they intend to enforce them". A spokesperson for Google stated "When users violate ... policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts". "That's not us", Dorsey wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, Dorsey explained why Twitter won't react to the "outside pressure" and how it would continue to enforce straightforward principles impartially regardless of the political viewpoints.

While accepting accounts like Jones' can often "sensationalise issues and spread unsubstantiated rumours", Dorsey sidestepped responsibility for allowing the broadcaster to do so, saying it was up to journalists to police his comments. Jones, who was once described as a "performance artist" by his own lawyer, disputes that.

Stephen Colbert on Tuesday mocked Infowars host Alex Jones for getting removed from the online platforms of companies like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify this week.

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Dorsey said he understood why people were upset with the decision, but he said censorship isn't the answer. His claims include that the 9/11 terror attacks were actually carried out by the government and that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax.

The Alex Jones YouTube channel had 2.4 million subscribers and its videos were viewed over 1.5 billion times. Everyone is now anticipating if any other media company will be targeted in this way by the social media giant and just how veracious this crackdown on fake news will be.

Facebook Inc. and YouTube pulled Alex Jones from their services on Monday after concluding the conspiracy theorist's posts violated their policies.

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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