Apple Bans Most InfoWars Podcasts Over Hate Speech

  • Apple Bans Most InfoWars Podcasts Over Hate Speech

Apple Bans Most InfoWars Podcasts Over Hate Speech

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

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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has defended his company's decision to continue publishing the controversial tweets of the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying Jones's content "hasn't violated our rules".

Podcasts like "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room" have been pulled from all of Apple's directories, but the company has left up the less popular InfoWars podcast "Real News With David Knight".

Jones, who has a verified Twitter account with 855,000 followers, had not been barred for a "simple" reason, Dorsey said: "he hasn't violated our rules".

Twitter, which now stands out as one of the few social media sites refusing to curtail Jones's online reach, has been attacked by conservatives claiming that the platform is stifling them as it aims to purge fake accounts and automated bots.

He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints". "We'll enforce if he does", he said.

Dorsey also appeared to put the onus of identifying false information on individual users, calling on journalists to "document, validate, and refute such information". "And if you make the fact we need an Internet Bill of Rights, and antitrust-busting on these companies, if they don't back off right now", Jones said.

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

The Twitter honcho admitted that Jones, who has claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, can "often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors".

"Truth is we've been awful at explaining our decisions in the past".

Jones has spent his entire career exploiting the most unhinged theories in media, first starting as a radio host in Texas during the 1990s where his libertarianism flourished during the Bill Clinton presidency.

Following Apple's suit, Facebook unpublished four pages associated with Jones from its platform for glorifying violence and using dehumanising language against transgenders, Muslims and immigrants.

He then went into more detail with subsequent tweets.