Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars

Twitter Gives a Very Bad and Unsatisfying Explanation for Why It Won’t Ban Alex Jones

Twitter Gives a Very Bad and Unsatisfying Explanation for Why It Won’t Ban Alex Jones

Twitter has been criticized along with other social media platforms for shadow-banning conservative users, and in response, Dorsey said Twitter does not shadow-ban but does rank certain users in its search bar and in conversations based on what they say.

Apple is letting Infowars remain in its app store, saying that right-wing conspiracy site has not violated its policies.

Jones' podcasts differed from the Infowars app in a key way.

The Infowars app contains only rebroadcasts of the current day's episodes, subjecting a much smaller set of content to the rules.

Apple said it regularly monitors all apps for content violations.

"So, these are models that are looking at behaviors and behaviors of bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate, distract, divide a conversation or to unfairly amplify their content which they didn't earn so those are the signals that factor in and we do rank search, we do rank trends and we do rank conversations accordingly", Dorsey said.

The InfoWars app hosts a news page that includes exclusive and curated news articles, a store page where users can buy merchandise, and a "shows" page where users can watch livestreams of InfoWars and its host Alex Jones' video podcasts. Seeing as the company has been so vocal lately about trying to curb "troll-like behaviors" and working to "reduce people's ability to detract from healthy public conversation", it seems like they'd be on board with banning someone who has built his career on harassing the parents of murdered children as well as teenage school shooting victims, who uses his platform to spread risky and hateful misinformation.

Six families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation.

He now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech. He has sought to have the lawsuit dismissed.

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

While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years.

Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Spotify Technology SA also removed some content this week that had been produced by Jones.

However, the InfoWars app is still available in Google's Play app marketplace.

Twitter has drawn public outcry for not removing Jones' account.

Dorsey continued defending his decisions to Hannity, who at one point in the interview, argued that maybe the community on Twitter should decide such issues.

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