Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars

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NEWYORK, United States of America

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has doubled down on defending his company’s decision not to kick far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off his platform.

“We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Info-wars yesterday,” Dorsey tweeted Tuesday. “We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.”

Twitter was notably absent from a list of big tech companies that cut some ties with Jones and his Info-wars site this week. Apple, Facebook and Google’s YouTube removed content associated with Jones and Info-wars for violating their policies.

Dorsey said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard as it does every account.

“If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that’s constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction,” he said. “That’s not us.”

Dorsey called on journalists to “document, validate, and refute” information posted by accounts like Jones’ “so people can form their own opinions.”

Info-wars is notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the US government.