Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars

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Apple is standing by its decision to keep conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars available for download in the App Store.

"[This] will play into Alex Jones's narrative that he's being censored by this liberal cabal of Silicon Valley powerful companies", she said.

The Twitter chief continued that while he considers Jones a purveyor of "unsubstantiated rumors", the only result of "succumb [ing] and simply react [ing] to outside pressure" and banning voices like his entirely would simply give "fuel to new conspiracy theories".

"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.

Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.

Apple took this action after YouTube, Spotify and Facebook had already removed some of Jones' offensive content. Alphabet recently removed InfoWars from YouTube after saying that the channel violated its terms of service. 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.

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While I am not a listener or supporter of Mr. Jones', his audience has every right to watch his videos and listen to him and connect with him online.

Jones has also targeted eight other Sandy Hook families in the same way.

The right to free speech does not include the right to harass and persecute innocent people, as Jones has done numerous times - including his attempts to target survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

The Twitter founder and CEO said users still see the accounts they follow on their timeline but the social media platform may put some accounts farther down in users' timelines. The fringe broadcaster has used social media to push conspiracy theories, including that the Sandy Hook massacre was faked, as well as hateful and false comments toward immigrants, transgender people and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Removing the hate-mongering Alex Jones from his platforms is a huge step forward in the fight against fake news.

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