Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones

  • Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones

Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones

Jones and his site InfoWars were barred this week from posting on Facebook, Apple, Spotify and YouTube.

Dorsey's remarks, in a series of tweets late Tuesday, came after other major tech companies removed Jones' content for violating hate speech policies.

Colbert was referring to the news that tech companies and social media sites have made a decision to either ban or pull content from Infowars and Jones from their sites.

Jones' Instagram (owned by Facebook) account is still active, as is his Periscope account, which is owned by Twitter. "We'll enforce if he does", he said.

Dorsey said he understood why people were upset with the decision, but he said censorship isn't the answer.

Dorsey took to Twitter on Tuesday night to address the situation, explaining that Jones had not directly violated the service's rules and that to ban him would be arbitrary.

"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", Dorsey wrote.

Jones is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast and his platform, Infowars - founded in 1999 - producers another five podcasts.

However, it appears that the increasing ostracisation of Jones from tech platforms has led to a surge in downloads of the Infowars app. Both sites had already temporarily limited his publishing power, and Spotify showed itself ready to act against Jones when it removed some of his podcasts last week.

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

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. His claims include that the 9/11 terror attacks were actually carried out by the government and that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax. But it became a hot issue in the USA after companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were accused of failing to stop alleged Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.