Why Twitter won’t ban Alex Jones

Why Twitter won’t ban Alex Jones

Why Twitter won’t ban Alex Jones

"It is impossible to promote healthy dialog with bad-faith actors, who regularly produce toxic, unsafe and demonstrably false conspiracy theories; the objective of which is to mislead, radicalize, divide", Cvet said.

Congratulations to Care2 members who signed the petition and to all the other activists who worked to eliminate Jones' hateful content from social media.

This week, all but one of the industry's top mobile platforms took a stand against Alex Jones and his endless exploitation of the First Amendment.

Apple banned five of the six Infowars podcasts from its popular podcasts service on Sunday, saying it "does not tolerate hate speech".

Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to Infowars.

The content that got banned on Apple reportedly includes "defamatory, discriminatory or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm's way", BuzzFeedNews reported on Wednesday.

Apple has said that it will continue to monitor the App, but so far it has not broken its code of conduct.

Jones has fallen under intense scrutiny for his harassment of Parkland shooting survivors as well as families of Sandy Hook massacre victims.

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Jones is now facing a raft of defamation lawsuits, including multiple suits from the families of Sandy Hook victims.

Apple told The Washington Post in a statement Thursday: "We put great effort into curating the App Store to provide the very best experience for everyone". When asked about this questionable decision, Facebook's News Feed director John Hegeman stated, "I guess just for being false that doesn't violate the community standards".

On Wednesday, Oliver Darcy contacted Twitter to let them know that "content that prompted other tech companies to take action against InfoWars/Jones was on Twitter".

Under mounting public pressure, Facebook has now changed its mind.

However, a spokesman for Twitter told HuffPost that the Hannity interview had been scheduled long beforehand, when Dorsey made a decision to open a dialogue with conservatives over bias claims. Twitter has been criticized along with other social media platforms for shadow-banning conservative users, and in response, Dorsey said Twitter does not shadow-ban but does rank certain users in its search bar and in conversations based on what they say. When there are enough complaints ("strikes") against an "offending" party such as Infowars, Facebook, YouTube and the like suspend them - or even outright ban them. This followed news that the company had shared the data of 87 million users with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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

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