Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Twitter CEO Dorsey goes on Hannity to defend racist posts, Alex Jones

Twitter CEO Dorsey goes on Hannity to defend racist posts, Alex Jones

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey faced blowback this week as his social media network remained one of the few sites still willing to host content from InfoWars' Alex Jones, despite his record of hateful speech, conspiracy-mongering, and incitement of threats against others, such as the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Twitter, however, has refrained from pulling or suspending accounts linked to Jones. If conspiracy theories are given a platform and allowed to propagate, no amount of fact-checking can stem the tide. 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. We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules.

"We strongly support all points of view being represented on the App Store, as long as the apps are respectful to users with differing opinions, and follow our clear guidelines, ensuring the App Store is a safe marketplace for all", the company's statement said.

Apple will continue to allow the InfoWars mobile app on its App Store even after removing nearly all of the podcast episodes associated with Alex Jones' conspiracy-theory website from its platforms. "We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the". "We continue to monitor apps for violations of our guidelines and if we find content that violates our guidelines and is harmful to users we will remove those apps from the store as we have done previously".

InfoWars is notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues.

In a message posted Monday on Twitter, Jones encouraged users to access live streams directly from the InfoWars website. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the U.S. government.

All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube. In June, The Washington Post reported that Dorsey, in an attempt to assuage conservative critics who think his platform is biased against them, took a private dinner with Republican leaders and conservative commentators in May.

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