We Do Not Shadow Ban for Political Views — Twitter CEO

Joanna Estrada
August 10, 2018

Jack Dorsey isn't bowing to public pressure.

While one of my legal clients (a 17 year old teen) was being interviewed by one of the most competitive colleges in the country he was asked why he was following Alex Jones on Twitter.

The message noted that Twitter would have taken action against Jones had he posted the same content on its service as he had on Facebook and YouTube.

Not everyone agrees with Dorsey's decision. We need to balance all of those constraints.

And, he admitted, "We'll certainly miss things".

The Infowars Official app has become the App Store's third most-downloaded news app this week after Apple removed access on Sunday to some of Jones' podcasts from its digital store.

Apple will continue to allow the InfoWars mobile app on its App Store even after removing nearly all of the podcast episodes associated with Alex Jones' conspiracy-theory website from its platforms.

"You have decided not to ban Alex Jones, in his particular case your argument was he hasn't violated your rules but I think this is far more complicated than I think some people might understand", Hannity began. 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.

"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.

Dorsey hasn't directly defended attacking dead children and their grieving parents, but he has argued that he can't be expected to play nanny to people who don't necessarily do these things on Twitter. "We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted Tuesday.

However, a spokesman for Twitter told HuffPost that the Hannity interview had been scheduled long beforehand, when Dorsey made a decision to open a dialogue with conservatives over bias claims.

On Wednesday, the firm finally broke its silence and said that the app remains in the App Store because it has not been found to be in violation of any content policies.

All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube.

If this was Dorsey's attempt at damage control, giving an interview to a figure as controversial as Hannity was a unusual choice. On Twitter Wednesday, Dorsey said the appearance on Hannity's radio program has been planned "for weeks".

First published August 8 at 1:56 p.m. PT. Update at 2:43 p.m.: Adds context throughout and an additional quote from Dorsey.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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