After Alex Jones Social Media Ban, We Could Be Next

Alex Jones and the rise of corporate censorship

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"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey said. The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.

The InfoWars app is still available on the Apple and Google app stores.

"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".

As BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel pointed out, Jones does use Twitter differently from the way he uses other social-media sites, posting less inflammatory content.

Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist. The boost was likely caused by increased downloads given the news Monday that InfoWars was banned from several tech platforms.

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In a tweet Tuesday, WikiLeaks called out the unanimous ban of Jones' program as a suspicious move from the Silicon Valley giants. Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been awful at explaining our decisions in the past".

Jones' Instagram (owned by Facebook) account is still active, as is his Periscope account, which is owned by Twitter.

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with different opinions". Dorsey's explanation, which elaborated on a short statement released by Twitter the day before, came under immediate criticism and renewed the debate over the parameters of hate speech and the responsibility of technology firms to regulate the flow of information while remaining neutral platforms. "Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", the document read.

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. "We're fixing that", Dorsey said.

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