Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Alex Jones 'hasn’t violated our rules — Twitter CEO

Alex Jones 'hasn’t violated our rules — Twitter CEO

A set of new rules on "hateful conduct and abusive behavior", implemented by Twitter at the end of previous year, added additional content, such as "hateful imagery", to the category of material banned because it constitutes "specific threats of violence or wishing for serious physical harm, death, or disease to an individual or group of people".

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is getting slammed for his announcement on Tuesday that Alex Jones would remain on the platform since the Infowars host "hasn't violated our rules".

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 may have escaped a ban for not violating Twitter's policies, but Dorsey says: "we'll enforce if he does". In a series of tweets, Dorsey explains that Twitter enforces its rules "impartially, regardless of political viewpoints".

In this file photo, Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016. He hailed it, branding Jones' show Infowars "the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart".

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

Dorsey also appeared to put the onus of identifying false information on individual users, calling on journalists to "document, validate, and refute such information".

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he added.

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Apple was the first major tech company to make a move against Alex Jones of InfoWars Sunday night by removing his podcast from iTunes.

FILE - In this October 13, 2015, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. He did this only after learning of Apple's decision, Byers said, explaining why Facebook announced its decision at 3 a.m. PT. YouTube and Spotify reacted similarly. "We're fixing that", Dorsey said.

- Jack (@jack) August 8, 2018He wrote that the company has "been awful at explaining our decisions in the past", and said that Twitter would hold Jones "to the same standard we hold to every account" rather than "taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term". "He's much more careful with what he posts", Warzel said.

"What conservative news outlet will be next?"

In the same thread, Dorsey said Twitter in the past has "been awful at explaining our decisions" but that they're "fixing that".

He then went into more detail with subsequent tweets.

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