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

Tech companies gave massive platforms to conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Is the crackdown finally here

Tech companies gave massive platforms to conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Is the crackdown finally here

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey defended Tuesday his company's decision to allow far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to use the platform to spread his message, saying he hasn't broken user rules. "We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules".

Dorsey addressed the issue one day after Jones, the Infowars personality, was banned from YouTube, Spotify and Facebook.

Fans of Infowars radio host Alex Jones have flocked to the Apple App Store to grab what's left of his voice on social media.

"When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", YouTube said in a statement to media.

Publishing platforms have faced strong pressure to take action against Jones and Infowars over the past few months, but Apple was the first major company to sanction the broadcaster in its entirety.

Bloomberg via Getty Images "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 wrote.

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Jones uses social media and other channels to push conspiracies that fire up fringe conservatives. He's now being sued for defamation for his attacks on the families of the Sandy Hook victims. Dorsey said the company was committed to promoting "a healthy conversational environment" - which included Jones.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including 20 children at the CT school. The Alex Jones Channel on YouTube had more than 2.5 million subscribers.

Jones, a prominent peddler of conspiracy theories and an adept user of social media, has pushed weird claims, including that the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax and that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were an inside job.

Spotify, the streaming music online service, had already removed a number of Jones's podcasts last week, accusing them of breaking its own hate-speech rules.

Pinterest also removed the InfoWars account.

Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned.

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