Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

Hannah Rogers
August 8, 2018

It was a thinly veiled dig at Facebook and YouTube, which took action against Jones on Monday only after Apple made a decision to scrub his podcasts from iTunes on the grounds that they included hate speech. "It was the only major social media company to take no action against Jones on Monday", Darcy proclaimed on Tuesday, before adding, "I don't think we are going to be seeing big tech take action against Fox News or the Daily Caller any time soon".

In a tweet Tuesday, WikiLeaks called out the unanimous ban of Jones' program as a suspicious move from the Silicon Valley giants. The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.

Dorsey appeared to take a swipe at the tech platforms that banned Jones and said Twitter refused to take "one-off actions to make us feel good" or make decisions that could ultimately fuel "new conspiracy theories".

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account.

Dorsey further explained/admitted that Twitter has "been bad at explaining our decisions in the past", but the platform refuses to "succumb and simply react to outside pressure" by banning Jones like most other digital platforms.

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While the social network has already been the recipient of criticism for choosing not to suspend Jones, Dorsey's last tweet in particular drew additional ire.

Following his statements on Twitter, Dorsey directed his followers to an article further explaining the platform's rules.

"Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", she said.

"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction", he said.

In a ticktock on Monday's events, CNN's Dylan Byers revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally stepped in to remove four of Jones' pages.

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