Twitter CEO: We Do Not Shadow Ban for Political Views


Twitter will not remove controversial radio host Alex Jones from its network despite the fact some of his content was taken off Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple's iTunes, and Podcast apps.

Dorsey is reportedly going to be talking with Sean Hannity about these issues, making it pretty clear which consumer base he's trying to placate.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey tweeted Tuesday.

Dorsey told Hannity, who has 3.6 million followers, that Twitter believes "in the power of free expression", but acknowledged the need "to balance that with the bad-faith actors who intentionally try to silence others". 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. And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified. We'll enforce if he does. Since the app hosts livestreams rather than recorded videos or audio clips (like the removed InfoWars podcasts), it makes it harder to discover when the app itself has violated Apple's rules.

The Infowars Official app has become the App Store's third most-downloaded news app this week after Apple removed access on Sunday to some of Jones' podcasts from its digital store.

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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. And in doing so we eschew real discourse, the kind that takes these problematic claims like many of Jones' to task, for tribalism and stubbornness. "We're fixing that", he said on Wednesday.

However, a spokesman for Twitter told HuffPost that the Hannity interview had been scheduled long beforehand, when Dorsey made a decision to open a dialogue with conservatives over bias claims.

At the same time, we're learning more and more about how digital platforms were used as tools to spread false information and influence both the 2016 USA presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum.

If this was Dorsey's attempt at damage control, giving an interview to a figure as controversial as Hannity was a odd choice.

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.