Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends failure to ban Alex Jones

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends failure to ban Alex Jones

Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.

Democrat Senator Chris Murphy clashed online with Donald Trump Jr over whether the controversial ban of Alex Jones from social media has signaled a rise of corporate political censorship in the US.

The app launched in June and users can stream live shows and read stories from his Infowars website, where he also sells merchandise, including t-shirts, books, supplements and survivalist gear.

The social network announced Tuesday that it would not ban Alex Jones or InfoWars from the site, noting that neither are now in violation of its rules. "We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted.

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Dorsey addressed the issue one day after Jones, the Infowars personality, was banned from YouTube, Spotify and Facebook. But Jones' Infowars app remained available for download via Apple. Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been awful at explaining our decisions in the past". But Apple's decision is much more comprehensive than Spotify's and will likely harm Jones's bottom line. "This is what serves the public conversation best", Dorsey said. A separate Twitter account for Infowars is also still running.

We're fixing that. We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories. A statement released Tuesday said that since 2013, the company has explicitly banned "targeted harassment", elaborated on how it enforces violations of its policies on hateful conduct, and beefed up its rules on sharing intimate photos of someone without their consent, among other changes. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions". Jones was sued for defamation in three separate lawsuits by families who had children die in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2011, a shooting that Jones repeatedly said didn't actually happen.

US-based social media have always been criticized by some liberal commentators for lacking transparency in how they ban content and for having an apparent political bias.

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