Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars

InfoWars Appears To Have Been Kicked Off Pinterest Which It Was On Apparently

Dorsey was responding after Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify took down material over the past week published by Jones, raising pressure on Twitter to do the same.

"#Infowars has been banned on so many platforms, but people are still finding ways to get the truth", he added in subsequent tweet.

Colbert was referring to the news that tech companies and social media sites have chose to either ban or pull content from Infowars and Jones from their sites. It was a thinly veiled dig at Facebook and YouTube, which took action against Jones on Monday only after Apple made a decision to scrub his podcasts from iTunes on the grounds that they included hate speech.

Dorsey said that Twitter wouldn't hesitate to take action if Jones did violate its terms of use but that the firm was not about to react to outside influence. "We'll enforce if he does", he said.

A number of platforms have reached a different conclusion, as the crackdown on Jones intensified this week.

Conspiracy theorist and radio talk show host Alex Jones speaks during a rally in support of Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016 in Cleveland. Both sites had already temporarily limited his publishing power, and Spotify showed itself ready to act against Jones when it removed some of his podcasts last week.

But Dorsey said it's not up to Twitter to disown him. Information posted by InfoWars is often not published on Twitter and replies to InfoWar tweets typically include people challenging the assertions, the spokesperson also noted.

The backlash seems to have a partisan tint, coming amid speculation that Silicon Valley's transparent user policies are being applied in a way that is biased against conservative voices on their platforms.

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. He is perhaps most notorious for claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 26 children and adults dead, was a hoax and that the surviving relatives are paid actors.

Curiously, Alex Jones hasn't yet commented on the decision via Twitter, another platform where his presence has been somewhat controversial.

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