Twitter boss Jack Dorsey breaks silence on not banning Alex Jones

10 August, 2018, 07:50 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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However, Twitter's CEO has spoken up and said that they will not ban Alex Jones from their platform.

"We know that's hard for many, but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules. We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted.

In August 2013, we added a section explicitly prohibiting "targeted harassment" to the Twitter Rules under the "Abuse and Spam" category.

Dorsey said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard as it does every account.

Dorsey said he wanted Twitter to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints".

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Dorsey placed the responsibility of policing Jones' account on journalists, as opposed to the company itself: "Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalise issues and spread unsubstantiated rumours, so it's critical journalists document, validate and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions". "This is what serves the public conversation best", he said.

Twitter has been under fire from users since Sunday, when Apple said it removed podcasts produced by Jones from its streaming platform, citing "hate speech".

As BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel points out, Jones does use Twitter differently to other social media sites, choosing to be less inflammatory.

Jones is now being sued by the parents of Sandy Hook victims for claiming the 2012 mass school shooting was a hoax.

However, viewers are now flocking to Apple's app store as Infowars' content has yet to be removed from that platform.

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Twitter has released a statement in response to criticism that it hasn't banned anti-LGBT conspiracy theory publication InfoWars from its platform.

Dorsey's decision has not gone down well with some, however, with Reddit's former CEO suggesting it could lead to Twitter's demise. Facebook blocked four of Jones' pages on Monday morning, followed by YouTube's decision to delete his Infowars page, which boasted 2.4 million followers.

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