Twitter Gives a Very Bad and Unsatisfying Explanation for Why It Won’t Ban Alex Jones
10 August, 2018, 07:43
A Twitter spokesperson informed CNN that it was not the doing of the company, suggesting it was either Jones or someone with the ability to log into his account. But the company is monitoring the app. Facebookremoved four of Jones's pages; YouTube terminated his channel, with its 2.4 million subscribers; and Apple removed the majority of Jones's podcasts from iTunes and its podcast app.
Jones' podcasts differed from the Infowars app in a key way.
"We continue to monitor apps for violations of our guidelines and if we find content that violates our guidelines and is harmful to users we will remove those apps from the store as we have done previously", Apple said.
But at the heart of Dorsey's position is the idea that if we just understood why Twitter provides an outlet for the worst voices of the internet, maybe we would be fine with it. Jones reportedly said Parkland, Fla., shooting survivors interviewed by the news media were actors and compared student David Hogg to members of the Nazi Party.
Jones has also targeted eight other Sandy Hook families in the same way.
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At the same time, we're learning more and more about how digital platforms were used as tools to spread false information and influence both the 2016 USA presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum.
Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the USA government. In the news category on Apple's App Store, Infowars earned the third slot under the top free apps, behind Twitter and News Break, a local and breaking news service, revealing a sudden boost of user downloads.
Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Spotify Technology SA also removed some content this week that had been produced by Jones.
Twitter has drawn public outcry for not removing Jones' account.
Regarding what does constitute a violation of Twitter's rules, Dorsey said "any sort of violent speech - encouragement toward violence, harassment - is directly against our terms of service, and we take immediate action on it".
The company is responding by expediting a review of its content policies, according to an internal email that Chief Executive Jack Dorsey shared on Twitter on Wednesday.