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Twitter Doesn't Ban Alex Jones, Because He Didn't Break Rules

10 August, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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"We'll enforce if he does", he said.

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, issued a similar statement, saying Jones' accounts had violated its "policies against hate speech and harassment", but Jones claimed his statements are protected by free speech.

Facebook and YouTube acted hours after Apple removed Jones from its podcast directory on Monday.

Dorsey said he understood why people were upset with the decision, but he said censorship isn't the answer. On his show, InfoWars, he peddles conspiracy theories, ranging from claiming the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government to stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job".

Jones has fallen foul of censors elsewhere for promoting hate speech and violence but Dorsey has adopted a different tack, vowing commitment to "a healthy conversational environment" stretched to include Jones.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", he wrote.

In a series of tweets, Dorsey said that Jones had not violated Twitter rules.

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This isn't the first time that Jones, whose previous claims include that the United States government was involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and that NASA faked the moon landing, has been denied a major platform for his musings. "That is what serves the public conversation best".

Further in Dorsey's thread, he said it was up to journalists to "document, validate, and refute" claims like Jones'.

Dorsey also appeared to reference the decisions by other big tech firms in recent days to shut down Jones and Infowars.

Twitter had not removed Jones or InfoWars from its service, as of Monday afternoon NY time.

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with different opinions". Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been bad at explaining our decisions in the past". "While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our service, we prohibit targeted behaviour that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others". "We're fixing that", Dorsey said.

"Let's talk about the elephant in the room, the martyrdom of ol' Tuck Buckford at the hands of Silicon Valley snowboys and soyflakes", Buckford ranted.

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