Twitter Users Criticize Jack Dorsey for Statement About Not Suspending Alex Jones

Apple Facebook You Tube withdraw access to Alex Jones

Apple Facebook You Tube withdraw access to Alex Jones

The conspiracy theorist faces several defamation lawsuits arising from his claim that the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax. He's now being sued by the victims' family members over harassment they received from "Infowars" fans and has been booted from a number of major platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Apple.

Dorsey appeared to take a swipe at the tech platforms that banned Jones and said Twitter refused to take "one-off actions to make us feel good" or make decisions that could ultimately fuel "new conspiracy theories".

Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories, including the claim that the 9-11 terror attacks were carried out by the government.

While accepting accounts like Jones' can often "sensationalise issues and spread unsubstantiated rumours", Dorsey sidestepped responsibility for allowing the broadcaster to do so, saying it was up to journalists to police his comments. "This is what serves the public conversation best".

Since Apple, Facebook and YouTube removed InfoWars' content, Jones and other InfoWars' employees have been tweeting about the "internet purge" and the "fight for free speech".

Jones' Instagram (owned by Facebook) account is still active, as is his Periscope account, which is owned by Twitter. In a side swipe at the suggestion that numerous bans that have been slapped on Jones and Infowars in recent days have been kneejerk reactions, he adds: "we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified".

"Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming".

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with different opinions". Jack Dorsey explained on Tuesday why both remain on the platform.

Jones earlier this week responded to the shutdowns of his accounts by slamming social media platform providers as "lying bullies".

First reported by Buzzfeed News, the move comes after Spotify recently pulled a handful of Jones's podcasts from its own platform.

"Twitter remains Jones' only big portal to mainstream conversation..."

In a thread of five tweets, Dorsey on Tuesday said Jones had not broken Twitter's rules and so the company decided against blocking him even after Apple, Facebook, and YouTube all barred the Infowars host on Monday.

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