Twitter CEO: Alex Jones 'hasn’t violated our rules'

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

Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app

"Folks, there was some bad news recently for extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist and bath salts spokesmodel, Alex Jones", Stephen Colbert told The Late Show audience on Tuesday night.

Both sites had already temporarily limited his publishing power, and Spotify showed itself ready to act against Jones when it removed some of his podcasts last week.

As of early Monday, just one of the six Infowars programs once listed by Apple remained, RealNews with David Knight. Facebook, YouTube and Spotify followed suit with restrictions of their own this week. Facebook said it removed four pages belonging to Jones for repeatedly posting content in recent days that breaks community standards on hate speech, bullying and glorifying violence.


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. He stated that Jones "hasn't violated our rules" yet, but Dorsey says that rules will be enforced, and the platform is committed to maintaining "a healthy conversational environment" while (hopefully) watching out for bot-driven amplification of tweets. "Moving forward, we all need more clarity on what their rules are and how they intend to enforce them".

Jones reacted to the news by tweeting a picture of himself holding a glass of champagne next to his app.

Meanwhile, after being banned on multiple platforms the Infowars app is surging up the charts on both the Google Play and the Apple Store.


"Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", she said.

In this file photo, Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016.

Jones uses social media and other channels to push conspiracies that fire up fringe conservatives.


While accepting accounts like Jones' can often "sensationalise issues and spread unsubstantiated rumours", Dorsey sidestepped responsibility for allowing the broadcaster to do so, saying it was up to journalists to police his comments.

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