Chris Murphy, D-CT, took to Twitter to not only celebrate Jones' ban, but to argue that InfoWars was merely the "tip of a giant iceberg" and social media companies "must do more than take down one website". The iPhone maker released a statement to BuzzFeed News explaining its decision to allow the InfoWars app to remain downloadable from its store. To many, Alex Jones and his InfoWars content is offensive and in "exceptionally poor taste".
Dorsey said that when considering whether to remove extremist accounts from the site, he relies on reports from users who are experiencing or witnessing harassment and then considers the "context of everything that's happening around it".
Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date. It deleted the content the same day. Apple said it regularly monitors all apps for content violations.
"We strongly support all points of view being represented on the App Store, as long as the apps are respectful to users with differing opinions, and follow our clear guidelines, ensuring the App Store is a safe marketplace for all", Apple said in a statement issued Wednesday night.
Alex Jones is a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist.
Unlike Apple's podcast service, which linked to a list of Jones's previous episodes, the Infowars app doesn't offer a catalogue of old shows. 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.More news: South African Rand Plummets +2.0% as Lira Crises Explodes
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Six families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the United States government.
While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years. He called on U.S. President Donald Trump to intervene.
Glaser believes removing Infowars was "probably the right move because what Alex Jones was doing was causing real world harm".
In the thread, Dorsey says they are "going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories", presumably referencing the theory that conservative voices have been getting "shadow banned" from the platform, but it's an odd choice of words considering who we're talking about. Dorsey noted his fear of Twitter slipping into censorship, and noted that Jones has yet to violate Twitter's terms.