Twitter is not banning Alex Jones; Jack Dorsey explains why


On Monday's broadcast of "The Late Show", host Stephen Colbert used his spoof right-wing conspiracy theorist character to mock Infowars' Alex Jones - who this week was been banned from YouTube, Facebook and iTunes.

After a long period of public pressure, multiple platforms and outlets such as YouTube and Spotify, have removed Infowars and Alex Jones content from their respective platforms. The four companies stated that Jones' disparaging comments about Muslims, immigrants, members of the LGBT community, and several other groups of people violate the hate speech clauses in their respective terms-of-service agreements.

Democrat Senator Chris Murphy clashed online with Donald Trump Jr over whether the controversial ban of Alex Jones from social media has signaled a rise of corporate political censorship in the US.

Facebook suspended Jones' account for 30 days on Monday due to repeated violations, includings posts that it said glorified violence and dehumanized others.

"We'll enforce if he does". According to Colbert, Pinterest has even pulled Jones's pages ("Bad news if you were planning an autumn wedding with the theme "gay frog chemtrails'", Colbert said) leaving Twitter as the sole social media site giving Jones a platform".

In a series of tweets, Dorsey said that Jones had not violated Twitter rules.

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Jones is now being sued by the parents of Sandy Hook victims for claiming the 2012 mass school shooting was a hoax.

"Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors", Dorsey said, "so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions".

U.S. 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.

Apple removed five of Jones' six Infowars podcasts from the Podcasts app Sunday night. The ban applied exclusively to Jones' personal account, not the one million-strong Infowars page, which Jones helms.

Following his statements on Twitter, Dorsey directed his followers to an article further explaining the platform's rules. In an apparent reference to other tech companies, he added that Twitter would not "succumb and simply react to outside pressure".