Dorsey Says InfoWars' Alex Jones Hasn't Violated Twitter's Rules

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Twitter on Tuesday broke ranks with other top tech companies that banished conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms - saying the InfoWars website founder "hasn't violated our rules".

A message Tuesday afternoon from Twitter Safety stated that "tweets from Alex Jones and InfoWars are not now in violation of our Rules". We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: "he hasn't violated our rules", Dorsey explained.

In November 2016, we shared more details around hateful conduct and how we enforce policy violations.

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account. Dorsey suggested that although "accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors", it is the responsibility of journalists to validate his claims "so people can form their own opinions".

"Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", she said.

Pinterest also removed the InfoWars account.

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Alex Jones, a talk show host, had his pages and content removed from Facebook and YouTube, while Twitter says they won't follow suit.

Jones earlier this week responded to the shutdowns of his accounts by slamming social media platform providers as "lying bullies". Days after Apple, Spotify, Youtube et al turned their backs on the conspiracy theorist, the app's United States popularity manifestly increased, coming in as the fourth most popular news app in Apple's App Store, and eleventh on the Google Play Store.

Jones is now being sued by the parents of Sandy Hook victims for claiming the 2012 mass school shooting was a hoax.

Meanwhile, after being banned on multiple platforms the Infowars app is surging up the charts on both the Google Play and the Apple Store. He said he wanted Twitter to avoid taking "one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term".

Following his statements on Twitter, Dorsey directed his followers to an article further explaining the platform's rules.

Alex Jones is no longer welcome at Apple. But Twitter has always allowed extreme figures to operate with impunity on its site, including thousands of neo-Nazis who use the site to harass Jewish people, people of color, women, and pretty much anyone else who isn't a straight, white man.

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