Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains why Alex Jones is not banned


Jones, the notorious conspiracy theorist now facing lawsuits from a number of Sandy Hook families, was kicked off multiple other platforms and has subsequently decried being "censored", but Twitter has not yet followed suit.

Dorsey noted that the site will "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". He's now being sued by the victims' family members over harassment they received from "Infowars" fans and has been booted from a number of major platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Apple. The massacre resulted in the deaths of over 20 children and several adults.

Further in Dorsey's thread, he said it was up to journalists to "document, validate, and refute" claims like Jones'. "This is what serves the public conversation best".

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, issued a similar statement, saying Jones' accounts had violated its "policies against hate speech and harassment", but Jones claimed his statements are protected by free speech.

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Publishing platforms have faced strong pressure to take action against Jones and Infowars over the past few months, but Apple was the first major company to sanction the broadcaster in its entirety.

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"Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. The one platform that they CAN'T ban and will ALWAYS have our live streams is", Jones, who has more than 850,000 Twitter followers, tweeted Monday. "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.

Jones earlier this week responded to the shutdowns of his accounts by slamming social media platform providers as "lying bullies". The decision to completely pull the other shows, including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room", represents a broader effort than those made by other companies in recent days to stop disseminating material associated with Jones, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America". Dorsey said the company was committed to promoting "a healthy conversational environment" - which included Jones.