Twitter CEO not banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

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Jones and his site InfoWars were barred this week from posting on Facebook, Apple, Spotify and YouTube. Jones has a "verified" blue tick account.

Dorsey said he wanted Twitter to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints".

In a series of tweets on the subject, Dorsey said Twitter reasoned that it was journalists' job to shine the light of truth on unsubstantiated rumours or sensationalized issues.

The four pages, the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page, have been "unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes". He is perhaps most notorious for claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 26 children and adults dead, was a hoax and that the surviving relatives are paid actors.

This isn't the first time that Jones, whose previous claims include that the USA government was involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and that NASA faked the moon landing, has been denied a major platform for his musings.

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he added. Apple Inc. and Spotify Technology SA have taken similar actions against podcasts produced by Jones.

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"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", said Jack Dorsey on Twitter.

Apple removed five of Jones' six Infowars podcasts from the Podcasts app Sunday night. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", the statement continued.

In the same thread, Dorsey said Twitter in the past has "been bad at explaining our decisions" but that they're "fixing that".

Dorsey took a thinly veiled swipe at Facebook and YouTube, which acted only after Apple removed Jones, by saying Twitter did not "simply react to outside pressure".

Jones earlier this week responded to the shutdowns of his accounts by slamming social media platform providers as "lying bullies".

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. "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.

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