Twitter CEO Dorsey goes on Hannity to defend racist posts, Alex Jones

Doris Richards
August 10, 2018

"We continue to monitor apps for violations of our guidelines and if we find content that violates our guidelines and is harmful to users we will remove those apps from the store as we have done previously", Apple said.

In a statement Sunday evening to BuzzFeed News, Apple confirmed that it notified Jones of the decision to remove the five shows under its hate speech guidelines earlier this weekend.

Finally, online digital platforms are taking the threat from Alex Jones seriously - and it's about time.

Apple has removed InfoWars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts apps, but it's stopping short of doing it in the App Store. If that is the case it hard to see how Infowars is ever going to break Apple's code of conduct as its content reads like a deranged Protocols of Zion.

Alex Jones is a controversial radio and podcast host based in Austin, Texas. Seeing as the company has been so vocal lately about trying to curb "troll-like behaviors" and working to "reduce people's ability to detract from healthy public conversation", it seems like they'd be on board with banning someone who has built his career on harassing the parents of murdered children as well as teenage school shooting victims, who uses his platform to spread unsafe and hateful misinformation.

He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead.


The right to free speech does not include the right to harass and persecute innocent people, as Jones has done numerous times - including his attempts to target survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the U.S. government.

While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones his reputation was 'amazing'.

Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Spotify Technology SA also removed some content this week that had been produced by Jones. Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming.

Removing the hate-mongering Alex Jones from his platforms is a huge step forward in the fight against fake news. Dorsey noted his fear of Twitter slipping into censorship, and noted that Jones has yet to violate Twitter's terms.

Dorsey continued defending his decisions to Hannity, who at one point in the interview, argued that maybe the community on Twitter should decide such issues.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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