Stephen Colbert declares Infowars’ Alex Jones has lost his 'war on info'

Glen Norman
August 8, 2018

Dorsey appeared to take a swipe at the tech platforms that banned Jones and said Twitter refused to take "one-off actions to make us feel good" or make decisions that could ultimately fuel "new conspiracy theories". "This is what serves the public conversation best".

Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned. The four companies stated that Jones' disparaging comments about Muslims, immigrants, members of the LGBT community, and several other groups of people violate the hate speech clauses in their respective terms-of-service agreements. "That's not us", Dorsey wrote on Twitter.

Despite being banned by some tech companies and having his podcasts removed, the Infowars iPhone app became the fourth most popular news app in the App Store on Tuesday, according to screen grabs shared online.

Dorsey further explained/admitted that Twitter has "been awful at explaining our decisions in the past", but the platform refuses to "succumb and simply react to outside pressure" by banning Jones like most other digital platforms.

- Jack (@jack) August 8, 2018He wrote that the company has "been awful at explaining our decisions in the past", and said that Twitter would hold Jones "to the same standard we hold to every account" rather than "taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term". "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions". Dorsey's explanation, which elaborated on a short statement released by Twitter the day before, came under immediate criticism and renewed the debate over the parameters of hate speech and the responsibility of technology firms to regulate the flow of information while remaining neutral platforms.

WikiLeaks now fears it could be targeted next if political pressure leads to Silicon Valley censorship.

Facebook Inc. and YouTube pulled Alex Jones from their services on Monday after concluding the conspiracy theorist's posts violated their policies.

That may actually win it some support from liberals who detest Alex Jones but worry about the power of Google and Facebook to decide what is allowed on the internet. "We're fixing that", Dorsey said.

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