'Hasn't violated our rules': Twitter chief defends not booting Alex Jones

'Hasn't violated our rules': Twitter chief defends not booting Alex Jones

In a thread of five tweets, Dorsey said Jones did not break Twitter rules and so the company decided against blocking him after Apple, Facebook, and YouTube all shut down the Infowars presenter on Monday. He may have escaped a ban for not violating Twitter's policies, but Dorsey says: "we'll enforce if he does".

Jones, who has a verified Twitter account with 855,000 followers, had not been barred for a "simple" reason, Dorsey said: "he hasn't violated our rules".

He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints". "This is what serves the public conversation best". Jones, who was once described as a "performance artist" by his own lawyer, disputes that.

Jones and his site InfoWars were barred this week from posting on Facebook, Apple, Spotify and YouTube. According to Colbert, Pinterest has even pulled Jones's pages ("Bad news if you were planning an autumn wedding with the theme "gay frog chemtrails'", Colbert said) leaving Twitter as the sole social media site giving Jones a platform". The four companies stated that Jones' disparaging comments about Muslims, immigrants, members of the LGBT community, and several other groups of people violate the hate speech clauses in their respective terms-of-service agreements.

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 rumours or sensationalized issues. Previously, Jones has claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax set up by anti-gun activists, causing some of his disciples to threaten and harass victims' parents. Apple Inc. and Spotify Technology SA have taken similar actions against podcasts produced by Jones.

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The Alex Jones YouTube channel had 2.4 million subscribers and its videos were viewed over 1.5 billion times.

The company is resisting pressure to follow suit, clarifying that Jones has not yet broken its rules.

The argument put forth is that the content posted by Infowars and Jones to other platforms is different to the content posted by Jones to Twitter itself.

"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.

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