Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones

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

Although Jones remains on Twitter despite the purge of InfoWars content on other major sites, the platform has banned British far-right activist Tommy Robinson. It was a thinly veiled dig at Facebook and YouTube, which took action against Jones on Monday only after Apple chose to scrub his podcasts from iTunes on the grounds that they included hate speech.

Stephen Colbert on Tuesday mocked Infowars' host Alex Jones over the news that companies like Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify had kicked his show off of their online platforms this week. While he doesn't look like Jones, he sounds just like him while parodying the Infowars host calling on viewers to send donations in wake of popular platforms turning against him.

He has "built a vast audience" peddling theories that include claims that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the U.S. government and that the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 was "faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control", the newspaper says.

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account. He did this only after learning of Apple's decision, Byers said, explaining why Facebook announced its decision at 3 a.m. PT. YouTube and Spotify reacted similarly.

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

He said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard "we hold to every account" and would not take one-off actions "to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories".

Facebook and YouTube acted hours after Apple removed Jones from its podcast directory on Monday.

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Jones has a history of promoting conspiracy theories, such as his false claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he added.

For example, Jones' podcasts including Infowars, The Alex Jones Show, and War Room have been removed from iTunes, according to the Inquisitr.

The company is resisting pressure to follow suit, clarifying that Jones has not yet broken its rules.

Earlier this week, a group of large tech firms took action against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

"While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our service, we prohibit targeted behaviour that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others".

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