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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends failure to ban Alex Jones

08 August 2018
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends failure to ban Alex Jones

His claims include that the 9/11 terror attacks were actually carried out by the government and that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax. The social-media company may take action on the accounts if it finds content that violates its policies, according to the spokesperson.

Here's what Twitter Safety said: "As we have stated publicly, we strongly believe Twitter should not be the arbiter of truth nor do we have scalable solutions to determine and action what's true or false". It's on everyone else. Dorsey suggested that although "accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors", it is the responsibility of journalists to validate his claims "so people can form their own opinions". "This is what serves the public conversation best", Dorsey said.

"Now if you want to see one of Jones' signature rants, you'll have to be in the next booth at Ruby Tuesday's when he sees a mother breastfeeding", Colbert said.

A decision late Sunday by Apple to erase virtually all of Jones's podcasts from iTunes and its podcast apps set off a cascade.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", said Jack Dorsey on Twitter.

It also noted that some of the content banned from other platforms hasn't shown up on Twitter. Jack Dorsey explained on Tuesday why both remain on the platform.

"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", an Apple spokesperson told Buzzfeed News.

Curiously, Alex Jones hasn't yet commented on the decision via Twitter, another platform where his presence has been somewhat controversial.

Twitter has at least clarified its position - in the delicate balance between allowing free speech and spreading lies, it seems to have decided, for now, that freedom comes first.

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