Why Twitter won't ban Alex Jones

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

Why Twitter won't ban Alex Jones

United States radio host Alex Jones (C) uses a megaphone to speak to crowds near the Quicken Loans Arena, the venue for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

As CNBC notes, the Infowars app violates the same guidelines that prompted Apple to remove its podcast counterpart, so it seems unlikely that it will remain available from Apple for long.

However, viewers are now flocking to Apple's app store as Infowars' content has yet to be removed from that platform. 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. 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.

Meanwhile on Wednesday 8 August, Alex Jones created a Periscope live stream on Twitter in reaction to Dorsey's comments.

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Dorsey then went on to say that it was the job of reporters to shoot down any false assertions made by Jones.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including 20 children at the CT school. Family members of some of the victims are suing Jones for defamation. "He's much more careful with what he posts", Warzel said. But with the rise of the internet, Jones has captured viewers from around the world who believe him, no matter how outlandish his claims. "Jones exploits his audience by selling them products in line with the paranoid worldview he promotes".

The iOS app Infowars Official was ranked the fourth most popular news app earlier today, less than 48 hours after Apple and other tech companies booted Jones off its social media platforms. People got harassed cross-platform.

Paul Joseph Watson, a British lackey for the conspiracy theory brand, just tweeted about Facebook's "ban" on InfoWars, which until this point was understood to be a suspension. It's unclear how big his audience is now after the latest bans. "In places like Russian Federation, the government shuts down the press, in America, CNN, Apple and Facebook fulfil that role". We'll update this article if we hear back.

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