Twitter CEO: Alex Jones 'hasn’t violated our rules'

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2018

Apple removed most of Jones's podcasts for violating hate speech guidelines.

Jones, who has a verified Twitter account with 855,000 followers, had not been barred for a "simple" reason, Dorsey said: "he hasn't violated our rules".

"When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", YouTube said in a statement to media.

Alex Jones is no longer welcome at Apple.

"Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions", said Dorsey. They are The Alex Jones Channel Page, The Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Nightly News Page and the Infowars Page.

But Dorsey admitted the platform has been "terrible" at explaining why certain people are banned.

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he said.

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.

- Jack (@jack) August 8, 2018He wrote that the company has "been awful at explaining our decisions in the past", and said that Twitter would hold Jones "to the same standard we hold to every account" rather than "taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term".

Facebook suspended Jones' account for 30 days on Monday due to repeated violations, includings posts that it said glorified violence and dehumanized others.

Following Apple's suit, Facebook unpublished four pages associated with Jones from its platform for glorifying violence and using dehumanising language against transgenders, Muslims and immigrants.

Several ultra-conservative websites showed support for Jones, publicly backing his claim that he was a victim of a plot by Big Tech companies.

Speaking on the Real.Video platform, an alternative to YouTube that promotes free speech, Jones took issue with his bans, which he called a "concerted plan to erase my electronic identity", and called mainstream media "engines of censorship".

Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.

He then went into more detail with subsequent tweets.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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