Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars because they have ‘not violated its hate policies’ and says he won’t bow to ‘outside pressure’

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

Twitter has come under fire for allowing Alex Jones to continue using platform
But it claims the podcast host and his site InfoWars have not broken its rules
Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned the conspiracy theorist

8 August 2018

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision to allow far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to use the platform to spread his message.

Apple, Facebook, Spotify, YouTube and Pinterest have all banned Jones, who runs the website InfoWars, but Twitter says he hasn’t broken its user rules.

But Dorsey maintained that his website won’t bow to ‘outside pressure’ in a series of tweets on Tuesday night.

‘We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or InfoWars yesterday,’ he said.

‘We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does.

‘And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.

He added: ‘Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past. We’re fixing that.

‘We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories.’

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 rumors or sensationalized issues.

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