Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

We Do Not Shadow Ban for Political Views — Twitter CEO

We Do Not Shadow Ban for Political Views — Twitter CEO

But nope. In response to users calling for Twitter to boot Jones and wondering why it has remained silent on the matter, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained last night in a series of tweets that the company won't be banning Jones because, according to them, he hasn't violated their terms of service.

Twitter was notably absent from a list of big tech companies that cut some ties with Jones and his InfoWars site this week.

The right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones just saw years of his posts removed from major social media platforms, but his Infowars app is surging on the Google Play and iTunes charts. And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified. When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.

"Twitter, for example, decided not to ban Alex Jones or Infowars", Hannity said at the opening of his show. Since the app hosts livestreams rather than recorded videos or audio clips (like the removed InfoWars podcasts), it makes it harder to discover when the app itself has violated Apple's rules.

Apple took this action after YouTube, Spotify and Facebook had already removed some of Jones' offensive content.

Dorsey said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard as it does every account.

But at the heart of Dorsey's position is the idea that if we just understood why Twitter provides an outlet for the worst voices of the internet, maybe we would be fine with it.

He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints".

Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the United States government.

Infowars has become the test case of how Silicon Valley giants deal with the issue of whether to block or allow misinformation and inflammatory content that targets specific groups.

The moves by Apple, Facebook and YouTube shut down key distribution channels that had given Jones easy access to millions of internet users.

Some users caught an Orwellian vibe to the policy and suggested it's unacceptable for a social media platform to poke its nose in what they're doing when not logged on.

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