Why Twitter won't ban Alex Jones

Why Twitter won't ban Alex Jones

Days after Apple, Spotify, Youtube et al turned their backs on the conspiracy theorist, the app's USA popularity manifestly increased, coming in as the fourth most popular news app in Apple's App Store, and eleventh on the Google Play Store.

Conspiracy theorist and radio talk show host Alex Jones speaks during a rally in support of Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016 in Cleveland.

Twitter, which now stands out as one of the few social media sites refusing to curtail Jones's online reach, has been attacked by conservatives claiming that the platform is stifling them as it aims to purge fake accounts and automated bots.

Dorsey's remarks, in a series of tweets late Tuesday, came after other major tech companies removed Jones' content for violating hate speech policies. Facebook, YouTube and Spotify followed suit with restrictions of their own this week. 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. While he doesn't look like Jones, he sounds just like him while parodying the Infowars host calling on viewers to send donations in wake of popular platforms turning against him.

Some users rebutted and weren't buying into Dorsey's logic for not removing Jones from the platform.




Meanwhile on Wednesday 8 August, Alex Jones created a Periscope live stream on Twitter in reaction to Dorsey's comments.

"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction", Dorsey tweeted.

Colbert then segued into a sketch featuring his character Tuck Buckford - based on Jones. "We tried treating @reddit as a silo, and it was a huge mistake".

Jack Dorsey on Tuesday defended Twitter's decision to allow Alex Jones to keep tweeting after Apple, Facebook, and YouTube all barred the Infowars presenter.

The Great War on Info is no more, according to Stephen Colbert, for Alex Jones has lost it. Jones, the founder of InfoWars, is known for spreading far-right conspiracy theories, including saying that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting was a hoax.

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