Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

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

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Facebook said it removed four pages belonging to Jones for repeatedly posting content in recent days that breaks community standards on hate speech, bullying and glorifying violence. Jones has a "verified" blue tick account.

Twitter had not removed Jones or InfoWars from its service, as of Monday afternoon NY time. The massacre resulted in the deaths of over 20 children and several adults.

Dorsey took a thinly veiled swipe at Facebook and YouTube, which acted only after Apple removed Jones, by saying Twitter did not "simply react to outside pressure".

The Twitter honcho admitted that Jones, who has claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, can "often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors". "This is what serves the public conversation best".

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As of this writing, InfoWars is now the fourth most popular free app on the Apple App Store, beating CNN, the New York Times, Google News, HuffPost, and dozens of other mainstream news outlets.

Twitter said it is standing by its decision not to ban accounts associated with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, despite "outside pressure" for it to ban his content.

Jones' Instagram (owned by Facebook) account is still active, as is his Periscope account, which is owned by Twitter. "We prohibit targeted behavior that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence others and take action when they violate our policies". But Jones' Infowars app remained available for download via Apple.

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with different opinions".

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But Dorsey admitted the platform has been "terrible" at explaining why certain people are banned.

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

United States radio host Alex Jones (C) uses a megaphone to speak to crowds near the Quicken Loans Arena, the venue for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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.

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