Apple Boots Alex Jones From iTunes For Hate Speech

  • Apple Boots Alex Jones From iTunes For Hate Speech

Apple Boots Alex Jones From iTunes For Hate Speech

Dorsey noted his fear of Twitter slipping into censorship, and noted that Jones has yet to violate Twitter's terms.

On Wednesday, Dorsey went on the Sean Hannity Show, a radio program by the popular conservative political pundit, to discuss his company's decision and what it does about "overt racists". We need to balance all of those constraints.

Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users. Transparency is a attractive thing, and we'd all probably be better off if tech companies brought their operations, motives, and funding into the open.

The moves mark a dramatic defense of Twitter's unpopular decisions following the tech industry's steadfast response to Jones and Infowars. We'll enforce if he does. We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules.

Apple will continue to allow the InfoWars mobile app on its App Store even after removing nearly all of the podcast episodes associated with Alex Jones' conspiracy-theory website from its platforms.

Dorsey hasn't directly defended attacking dead children and their grieving parents, but he has argued that he can't be expected to play nanny to people who don't necessarily do these things on Twitter. He added that Infowars had "not violated something that would result in them being taken down". Here's the first sentence of a blog post about Twitter's rulebook, which Dorsey shared on Tuesday: "Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted". "We take those behaviors as signals and I do want to point out that these signals evolve minute by minute, hourly by hourly, these are not scarlet permanent letters that people then take on as a badge and will never be ranked high in search or not allowed to trend or ranked high in conversations". On Wednesday, Hannity praised Dorsey and asked if he had received requests to ban him from Twitter as well. "We carefully review content on our platforms and products, for violations of our terms and conditions, or our content policies".

First published August 8 at 1:56 p.m. PT. Update at 2:43 p.m.: Adds context throughout and an additional quote from Dorsey.