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'Hasn't violated our rules': Twitter chief defends not booting Alex Jones

10 August 2018

Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and chief executive, said in a series of messages posted Tuesday evening that the social networking service had not suspended accounts associated with Jones, 44, because he had not violated the company's policies.

Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have all banned Jones' from their platforms, saying he promoted hate speech and violence, but Twitter had allowed Jones to continue posting on the platform. 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.

Apple was the first major tech company to make a move against Alex Jones of InfoWars Sunday night by removing his podcast from iTunes. "We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted.

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"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey said. The Alex Jones Channel on YouTube had more than 2.5 million subscribers.

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". "Your platform does not operate in a vacuum", she said in a tweet directed at Dorsey. The CEO also called upon journalists to refute "unsubstantiated rumors" from Jones' account "so people can form their own opinions". Both sites had already temporarily limited his publishing power, and Spotify showed itself ready to act against Jones when it removed some of his podcasts last week.

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The character billed his exile as the "martyrdom of old Tuck Buckford at the hands of Silicon Valley snow boys and soy flakes".

Jones has built an empire, with his online publishing venture Infowars, pushing conspiracy theories, including 911 trutherism, Pizzagate, and the "crisis actors" false flag belief around mass shootings, which argues they are staged to pass restrictive gun laws. The ban applied exclusively to Jones' personal account, not the one million-strong Infowars page, which Jones helms.

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'Hasn't violated our rules': Twitter chief defends not booting Alex Jones