Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Twitter Bucks Silicon Valley Trend, Opts Not to Ban Alex Jones

Twitter Bucks Silicon Valley Trend, Opts Not to Ban Alex Jones

Colbert was referring to the news that tech companies and social media sites have made a decision to either ban or pull content from Infowars and Jones from their sites.

Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for violating its hate speech and bullying policies.

Dorsey's decision has not gone down well with some, however, with Reddit's former CEO suggesting it could lead to Twitter's demise.

Murphy, who has represented CT in the US Senate since 2013, was among the vocal supporters of the controversial decision by several tech companies to suspend Jones from their platforms.

He has "built a vast audience" peddling theories that include claims that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the USA government and that the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 was "faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control", the newspaper says. "That's not us", Dorsey wrote on Twitter.

As NPR has reported, the removal of Jones' content began late last month when Facebook and YouTube pulled several of his videos.

It also said Twitter does not typically suspend people or take other enforcement action for behavior before a rule change.

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He said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard "we hold to every account" and would not take one-off actions "to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories".

He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints". The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.

The social network announced Tuesday that it would not ban Alex Jones or InfoWars from the site, noting that neither are now in violation of its rules.

Rather than banning people like Jones, Dorsey explained that journalists should work to refute unsubstantiated rumors, which will allow people to form their own opinions.

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

Buzzfeed has called the move "one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date". Jones was sued for defamation in three separate lawsuits by families who had children die in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2011, a shooting that Jones repeatedly said didn't actually happen.

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