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Infowars Tweets Deleted After CNN Cites Examples of Twitter Policy Violations

10 August, 2018, 07:42 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Twitter CEO Dorsey goes on Hannity to defend racist posts, Alex Jones

Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify took down over the past week material published by Jones, reflecting more aggressive enforcement of their hate speech policies after rising online backlash and raising pressure on Twitter to do the same.

Apple said it regularly monitors all apps for content violations.

The now-deleted tweets by Infowars and Jones that were cited in the report included posts attacking transgender and Muslim people; claims that the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax perpetrated by "crisis actors"; and a video that called David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., high-school shooting, a Nazi. YouTube recently removed Alex Jones' and InfoWars' channels, but similarly to Apple, the InfoWars app remains available in the Google Play Store.

The moves mark a dramatic defense of Twitter's unpopular decisions following the tech industry's steadfast response to Jones and Infowars.

Apple did not host the InfoWars content, but anyone with an Apple device could find and download the podcast episodes through Apple services.

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At the same time, we're learning more and more about how digital platforms were used as tools to spread false information and influence both the 2016 USA presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum. "Every model that we have on the network is really looking at the behaviors on the network", Dorsey said. The conspiracy theories have resulted in harassment and death threats to victims' family members, some of whom have been forced into hiding and are now suing Jones for defamation. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the U.S. government.

While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years.

As of early Monday, just one of the six Infowars programs once listed by Apple remained, RealNews with David Knight.

Removing the hate-mongering Alex Jones from his platforms is a huge step forward in the fight against fake news. Dorsey noted his fear of Twitter slipping into censorship, and noted that Jones has yet to violate Twitter's terms.

Ultimately, it's up to the user to deal with offensive posts appearing in their timeline, Dorsey told Hannity - assuming it gets through Twitter's "off-platform" filtering.

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