Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

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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.

In the same thread, Dorsey said Twitter in the past has "been awful at explaining our decisions" but that they're "fixing that". However, he tried to circumvent this ban by live streaming content on other platforms, leading the site to terminate his account permanently.

Dorsey further explained/admitted that Twitter has "been awful at explaining our decisions in the past", but the platform refuses to "succumb and simply react to outside pressure" by banning Jones like most other digital platforms.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", he wrote.

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"Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions", Dorsey said.

In a statement to Buzzfeed earlier this week, Apple pulled Jones from its platforms because it "does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users".

Democrat Senator Chris Murphy clashed online with Donald Trump Jr over whether the controversial ban of Alex Jones from social media has signaled a rise of corporate political censorship in the US.

Dorsey's remarks, in a series of tweets late Tuesday, came after other tech companies removed Jones' content for violating hate speech policies.

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"This is what serves the public conversation best", he said. A separate Twitter account for Infowars is also still running.

"While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our service, we prohibit targeted behaviour that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others". In addition, Facebook and Spotify have deleted more of Jones' content, after removing some content last week.

Kevin M. Kruse, a historian at Princeton, sought to portray Dorsey's resort to Twitter's codes of conduct as blind to Jones's online behavior.

The companies that punished Jones said they did so because he violated their policies on hate speech.

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