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

Tech companies gave massive platforms to conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Is the crackdown finally here

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"We'll enforce if he does", he said. A statement released Tuesday said that since 2013, the company has explicitly banned "targeted harassment", elaborated on how it enforces violations of its policies on hateful conduct, and beefed up its rules on sharing intimate photos of someone without their consent, among other changes. The enfant bad has just seen five of his Infowars podcasts culled from iTunes by Apple, including the eponymous Alex Jones Show and War Room, leaving just two podcasts associated with Jones' platform, RealNews and David Knight, still available.

Dorsey's decision has not gone down well with some, however, with Reddit's former CEO suggesting it could lead to Twitter's demise. Dorsey said the company was committed to promoting "a healthy conversational environment" - which included Jones.

Jones, who has a verified Twitter account with 855,000 followers, had not been barred for a "simple" reason, Dorsey said: "he hasn't violated our rules".

Fans of Infowars radio host Alex Jones have flocked to the Apple App Store to grab what's left of his voice on social media. Jones also claims the 9/11 terror attack on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

Dorsey said that it's up to journalists to "document, validate, and refute" rumours and sensationalized issues spread by accounts like Jones's so "people can form their own opinions". "This is what serves the public conversation best".

Twitter was notably absent from a list of big tech companies that cut some ties with Jones and his InfoWars site this week.

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account. But Jones' Infowars app remained available for download via Apple. CEO Jack Dorsey (below) took to the platform to explain that decision, and was hit with a steady stream of feedback telling him he needs to have a rethink. But it became a hot issue in the United States after companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were accused of failing to stop alleged Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

In a tweet Tuesday, WikiLeaks called out the unanimous ban of Jones' program as a suspicious move from the Silicon Valley giants.

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