CEO Jack Dorsey Explains Why Twitter Didn't Ban Alex Jones

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The social media chief acknowledged Jones' sensational claims but said they don't automatically cross the terms of Twitter's user policies.

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.

Dorsey said he understood why people were upset with the decision, but he said censorship isn't the answer.

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. "We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted.

Apple, along with Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify blocked Jones's content this week. This leaves Twitter as the only major social media platform InfoWars have access to.

In another tweet, Dorsey explained why Twitter won't react to the "outside pressure" and how it would continue to enforce straightforward principles impartially regardless of the political viewpoints. A decision late Sunday by Apple to erase virtually all of Jones' podcasts from iTunes and its podcast apps set off a cascade.

Jones is facing five defamation suits, as NPR's Bill Chappell and Anastasia Tsioulcas reported, a lot of them centering on comments about school shootings: "He has been accused of knowingly spreading false information about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting this year, the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last year and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012".

Alex Jones is a conservative radio host that's recently been removed from several websites, including YouTube and Facebook.

"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. The trillion dollar company has removed five of the six podcasts produced by InfoWars, the conspiracy theory empire that Jones founded to spread misinformation.

The document continued: "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".

"#Infowars has been banned on so many platforms, but people are still finding ways to get the truth", he added in subsequent tweet.

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