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CEO Dorsey explains why Twitter not joining ban of Alex Jones

CEO Dorsey explains why Twitter not joining ban of Alex Jones

Over the past 48 hours, Infowars - the Alex Jones-run far-right conspiracy site - has had its content removed from a host of major platforms including; Apple, Facebook, and YouTube. "When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts".

Colbert was referring to the news that tech companies and social media sites have chose to either ban or pull content from Infowars and Jones from their sites.

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account. "We'll enforce if he does", he said. "Sometimes these expressions may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", Twitter said in a Tuesday blog post.

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Dorsey took to Twitter on Tuesday night to address the situation, explaining that Jones had not directly violated the service's rules and that to ban him would be arbitrary. He hailed it, branding Jones' show Infowars "the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart". The CEO also called upon journalists to refute "unsubstantiated rumors" from Jones' account "so people can form their own opinions".

These pages include the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page. "Your platform does not operate in a vacuum", she said in a tweet directed at Dorsey.

Twitter had not removed Jones or InfoWars from its service, as of Monday afternoon NY time.

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The backlash seems to have a partisan tint, coming amid speculation that Silicon Valley's transparent user policies are being applied in a way that is biased against conservative voices on their platforms.

A Twitter spokesman confirmed that InfoWars and associated accounts now comply with Twitter's rules.

He added that to "succumb and simply react" is "not us".

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Technology companies have been under pressure to ban Jones for promoting misinformation, including claims the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government and stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job".