Publicado: Jue, Agosto 09, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

CEO Dorsey explains why Twitter not joining ban of Alex Jones

CEO Dorsey explains why Twitter not joining ban of Alex Jones

Days after Apple, Spotify, Youtube et al turned their backs on the conspiracy theorist, the app's U.S. popularity manifestly increased, coming in as the fourth most popular news app in Apple's App Store, and eleventh on the Google Play Store.

The Trump-supporting website is known for one its main personalities, outspoken conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who is recognised for his hate-filled rants against transgender people, Muslims and immigrants. The social-media company may take action on the accounts if it finds content that violates its policies, according to the spokesperson.

In a statement Sunday evening to BuzzFeed News, Apple confirmed that it notified Jones of the decision to remove the five shows under its hate speech guidelines earlier this weekend.

The companies that punished Jones said they did so because he violated their policies on hate speech.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he has no reason to ban radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones even though other tech giants have.

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"We will answer the charges filed against Congressman Collins in Court and will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name". He also tweeted on Wednesday that he meant to "fight to clear my name".

"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principals we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction".

Dorsey further explained/admitted that Twitter has "been awful at explaining our decisions in the past", but the platform refuses to "succumb and simply react to outside pressure" by banning Jones like most other digital platforms.

Murphy, who has represented CT in the US Senate since 2013, was among the vocal supporters of the controversial decision by several tech companies to suspend Jones from their platforms. A message Tuesday afternoon from Twitter Safety stated that "tweets from Alex Jones and InfoWars are not now in violation of our Rules". Angry parents of the children killed in the massacre have since filed a lawsuit against him, but the tipping point for social media platforms seems to have been a broadcast in which Jones appeared to threaten Special Counsel Robert Mueller while addressing the Russian Federation investigation. The strike prohibited Jones from live streaming content on YouTube for a period of 90 days.

Jones has made a living off of preaching what Colbert described as "vile conspiracy theories" for years, most notoriously maintaining that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was an elaborate hoax.

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