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Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Twitter Bucks Silicon Valley Trend, Opts Not to Ban Alex Jones

Twitter Bucks Silicon Valley Trend, Opts Not to Ban Alex Jones

Twitter has been under fire from users since Sunday, when Apple said it removed podcasts produced by Jones from its streaming platform, citing "hate speech".

The ban applied exclusively to Jones' personal account, not the one million-strong Infowars page, which Jones helms.

Dorsey admitted that Twitter has done a bad job of explaining their reasoning in the past but said the company was working on effectively improving communication with the general public.

Curiously, Alex Jones hasn't yet commented on the decision via Twitter, another platform where his presence has been somewhat controversial.

On Monday, InfoWars host Alex Jones raged after his coffers of conspiracy-filled content were deleted from YouTube (where his channels boasted 2.4 million followers). 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. Podcasts like "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room" have been pulled from all of Apple's directories, but the company has left up the less popular InfoWars podcast "Real News With David Knight". "That's not us", Dorsey wrote.

Dorsey said that it's up to journalists to "document, validate, and refute" rumours and sensationalized issues spread by accounts like Jones's so "people can form their own opinions".

"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".

Conspiracy theorist and radio talk show host Alex Jones speaks during a rally in support of Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016 in Cleveland.

Even Pinterest and YouPorn have banned Jones and Infowars, but Twitter has decided against hopping on the bandwagon.

As CNBC notes, the Infowars app violates the same guidelines that prompted Apple to remove its podcast counterpart, so it seems unlikely that it will remain available from Apple for long. 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. He said he wanted Twitter to avoid taking "one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term".

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