Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Twitter chief defends not booting Infowars

Twitter chief defends not booting Infowars

The decision to completely pull the other shows, including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room", represents a broader effort than those made by other companies in recent days to stop disseminating material associated with Jones, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America".

After a long period of public pressure, multiple platforms and outlets such as YouTube and Spotify, have removed Infowars and Alex Jones content from their respective platforms. "And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified".

It's unclear if Jones, whose Twitter history links to Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, the Pizzagate controversy and a video mocking transgender people, was vetted under those rules. The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.

Last week, YouTube also took action against Jones, banning InfoWars from its live-streaming platform for three months.

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"That's not us", Dorsey wrote. "It was the only major social media company to take no action against Jones on Monday", Darcy proclaimed on Tuesday, before adding, "I don't think we are going to be seeing big tech take action against Fox News or the Daily Caller any time soon".

Twitter has faced significant user criticism for not punishing accounts spreading neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and other "alt right" views.

In a statement Sunday evening to BuzzFeed News, Apple confirmed that it notified Jones of the decision to remove the five shows under its hate speech guidelines earlier this weekend.

Dorsey said that Jones hasn't violated the rules and argued, "Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions".

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