Apple Boots Alex Jones From iTunes For Hate Speech

Apple Boots Alex Jones From iTunes For Hate Speech

Dorsey said that Twitter wouldn't hesitate to take action if Jones did violate its terms of use but that the firm was not about to react to outside influence. But while YouTube, Facebook, Apple and others have come down hard on the right-wing conspiracy theorist for peddling hate speech, Twitter is standing by him.

Dorsey admitted that Twitter has done a bad job of explaining their reasoning in the past but said the company was working on effectively improving communication with the general public.

Democrat Senator Chris Murphy clashed online with Donald Trump Jr over whether the controversial ban of Alex Jones from social media has signaled a rise of corporate political censorship in the US. They claim he violated policies against hate speech. Nevertheless, he said that Twitter will "enforce if he does" and will "continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring that tweets aren't artificially amplified".

Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date. "Moving forward, we all need more clarity on what their rules are and how they intend to enforce them".

Earlier this week, Apple removed five of InfoWars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts apps. Jones, the founder of InfoWars, is known for spreading far-right conspiracy theories, including saying that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting was a hoax.

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Facebook blocked four of Jones's pages on Monday morning, followed by YouTube's decision to delete his Infowars page, which boasted 2.4 million followers.

Dorsey further explained/admitted that Twitter has "been bad 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.

Dorsey also appeared to put the onus of identifying false information on individual users, calling on journalists to "document, validate, and refute such information".

Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories.

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