Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has insisted that American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's tweets do not violate the social media platform's rules, following growing calls for a ban on the controversial media figure.
The enfant bad has just seen five of his Infowars podcasts culled from iTunes by Apple, including the eponymous Alex Jones Show and War Room, leaving just two podcasts associated with Jones' platform, RealNews and David Knight, still available. "We'll enforce if he does", he said.
"We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories", he said.
He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints". "That is what serves the public conversation best".
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Twitter had not removed Jones or InfoWars from its service, as of Monday afternoon NY time. Platforms such as YouTube, Spotify and Apple removed podcasts and other content following ban circumventions and hate speech violations by Jones.
As BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel points out, Jones does use Twitter differently to other social media sites, choosing to be less inflammatory.
Following his statements on Twitter, Dorsey directed his followers to an article further explaining the platform's rules.
Jones has made a living off of preaching what Colbert described as "vile conspiracy theories" for years, most notoriously maintaining that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was an elaborate hoax. 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.
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Alex Jones is no longer welcome at Apple.
Technology companies have been under pressure to remove Jones for some time. It was a thinly veiled dig at Facebook and YouTube, which took action against Jones on Monday only after Apple chose to scrub his podcasts from iTunes on the grounds that they included hate speech.
Alex Jones is a conservative radio host that's recently been removed from several websites, including YouTube and Facebook. But this hasn't shielded Twitter from criticism following its decision to allow Jones a platform.
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