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Twitter CEO Defends Decision Not To Ban Alex Jones, Claims Impartiality

Twitter CEO Defends Decision Not To Ban Alex Jones, Claims Impartiality

Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said that Alex Jones and his show InfoWars can continue to use the service because they haven't violated the social-media company's policies, despite decisions by Facebook Inc. and Google's YouTube to pull the conspiracy theorist off their platforms.

Twitter positioned itself this week as an outlier among technology companies and streaming services that have acted in recent days to limit the platform enjoyed by Alex Jones and his Infowars shows because of allegations of hate speech. Spend all day combing Twitter to fact check Alex Jones? "We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted.

Dorsey said it was the responsibility of journalists to police accounts such as Jones' for accuracy and fairness.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Dorsey said that Jones has not violated Twitter's rules.

He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints".

While the social network has already been the recipient of criticism for choosing not to suspend Jones, Dorsey's last tweet in particular drew additional ire.

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Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. "Your platform does not operate in a vacuum", she said in a tweet directed at Dorsey.

Apple removed five of Jones' six Infowars podcasts from the Podcasts app Sunday night.

A Twitter spokesman confirmed that InfoWars and associated accounts now comply with Twitter's rules.

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

Jones has built an empire, with his online publishing venture Infowars, pushing conspiracy theories, including 911 trutherism, Pizzagate, and the "crisis actors" false flag belief around mass shootings, which argues they are staged to pass restrictive gun laws. But it became a hot issue in the USA after companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were accused of failing to stop alleged Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.