CEO Jack Dorsey Explains Why Twitter Didn't Ban Alex Jones

Alex Jones and the rise of corporate censorship

A spokesperson for Google stated "When users violate ... policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts". He highlighted the need to adhere to Twitter's own rules rather than "succumbing" and "reacting" to outside pressure, as that would lead Twitter to becoming a service that's "constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction". And Spotify said, "The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform". The content removal also happened on Spotify.

In a series of tweets on the subject, Dorsey said Twitter reasoned that it was journalists' job to shine the light of truth on unsubstantiated rumours or sensationalized issues. "This is what serves the public conversation best".

The social media giant said: "We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe".

FILE - In this October 13, 2015, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

"Truth is we've been awful at explaining our decisions in the past", Dorsey added.

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Dorsey said on Twitter that the company would not cave to "outside pressure".

For example, Jones' podcasts including Infowars, The Alex Jones Show, and War Room have been removed from iTunes, according to the Inquisitr. But while YouTube, Facebook, Apple and others have come down hard on the right-wing conspiracy theorist for peddling hate speech, Twitter is standing by him.

Alex Jones has always operated on the fringes of the media world, but he's become a focal point more recently after spending a good deal of time in court.

Twitter is taking other steps besides account deletions to combat misuse in its battle to rein in hate and abuse even as it tries to stay true to its roots as a bastion of free expression. "What conservative news outlet will be next?"

The argument put forth is that the content posted by Infowars and Jones to other platforms is different to the content posted by Jones to Twitter itself. But Twitter has always allowed extreme figures to operate with impunity on its site, including thousands of neo-Nazis who use the site to harass Jewish people, people of color, women, and pretty much anyone else who isn't a straight, white man.

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