Apple Bans Most InfoWars Podcasts Over Hate Speech

Apple Bans Most InfoWars Podcasts Over Hate Speech

In a thread of five tweets, Dorsey on Tuesday said Jones had not broken Twitter's rules and so the company decided against blocking him even after Apple, Facebook, and YouTube all barred the Infowars host on Monday.

But what was really striking was what Jack Dorsey and the Twitter Safety team went on to say about the general principles regarding fake news and conspiracy theories on the platform.

Twitter/RealAlexJonesThe drive to keep Alex Jones off the major online platforms may have had some unintended consequences-at least temporarily.

Facebook said Jones violated its hate speech policies, adding that the pages were taken down for "glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies". "Apple 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", Apple said in a statement to BuzzFeed. "We'll enforce if he does", he said.

Dorsey said on Twitter that the company would not cave to "outside pressure".

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- Jack (@jack) August 8, 2018He wrote that the company has "been awful at explaining our decisions in the past", and said that Twitter would hold Jones "to the same standard we hold to every account" rather than "taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term".

Jones has a history of promoting conspiracy theories, such as his false claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. However, he tried to circumvent this ban by live streaming content on other platforms, leading the site to terminate his account permanently. "This is what serves the public conversation best".

Several users on Twitter pointed out the seeming inconsistency of Twitter's policies.

We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday.

But the risk is that Twitter becomes the haven for conspiracy theorists, a place where vile rumours and hateful content can rage unchecked, however hard people who value the truth try to counter them.

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