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Alex Jones content that prompted bans vanishes from Twitter

Alex Jones content that prompted bans vanishes from Twitter

Apple said it regularly monitors all apps for content violations.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company's decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show, as many other social media platforms have done, saying he did not break any rules. 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.

Infowars fans subsequently sought other ways to find Jones's content, and his app shot up the Apple and Google Play app store rankings.

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. "We're fixing that", he said on Wednesday.

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.

The Infowars app functions much differently than the podcasts, potentially explaining the differences in enforcement. "We take those behaviors as signals and I do want to point out that these signals evolve minute by minute, hourly by hourly, these are not scarlet permanent letters that people then take on as a badge and will never be ranked high in search or not allowed to trend or ranked high in conversations".

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Six families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation.

While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio and online platforms and had been available on YouTube, reached at least 70 million people a week. It's also possible that InfoWars itself is removing the videos as a way of avoiding a full Twitter suspension.

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account.

The message noted that Twitter would have taken action against Jones had he posted the same content on its service as he had on Facebook and YouTube.

However, a spokesman for Twitter told HuffPost that the Hannity interview had been scheduled long beforehand, when Dorsey chose to open a dialogue with conservatives over bias claims.