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Twitter defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars

10 August 2018

Although Jones remains on Twitter despite the purge of InfoWars content on other major sites, the platform has banned British far-right activist Tommy Robinson.

"We know that's hard for many, but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules".

He has "built a vast audience" peddling theories that include claims that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the United States government and that the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 was "faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control", the newspaper says.

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He added that the company would "hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account". "We'll enforce if he does". "This is what serves the public conversation best", Dorsey said.

Probably most alarming was Apple's decision to remove Alex Jones' and InfoWars podcasts given that it has not gained as prominent a reputation for deplatforming as Facebook and Google have. Jones, who was once described as a "performance artist" by his own lawyer, disputes that. Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Pinterest, and LinkedIn have all removed material from Jones and his Infowars site. Jones was sued for defamation in three separate lawsuits by families who had children die in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2011, a shooting that Jones repeatedly said didn't actually happen. Speaking to Buzzfeed, a company spokesperson confirmed the decision, asserting that Apple "does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users".

"Folks, there was some bad news recently for extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist and bath salts spokesmodel, Alex Jones", Stephen Colbert told The Late Show audience on Tuesday night. Information posted by InfoWars is often not published on Twitter and replies to InfoWar tweets typically include people challenging the assertions, the spokesperson also noted.

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In this file photo, Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.

But just because Jack is allowing Jones to stay on Twitter doesn't mean that the CEO is advocating for hate speech.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio and online platforms and had been available on YouTube, reached at least 70 million people a week.

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Twitter defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars