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While tech giants Facebook, YouTube, and Apple launched content from conspiracy theorist and far-right radio host Alex Jones this week, a company fought to clean it of its platform
Now, after a flood of Counter-reactions from those who accused Jones and his side, Infowars, of selling false and destructive plots, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his decision in a series of tweets Tuesday night.
I know that's hard for many, but the reason is simple: he did not violate our rules, "Dorsey tweeted." We'll force it if he does. And we'll continue to foster a healthy conversational environment by ensuring that tweets are not artificially fortified. "
He added that the company keeps Jones on the same standard as any other account rather than" taking one-off action to get us. " Feel good in the short term and feed new conspiracy theories. "
He also said it was up to the journalists to document and review accounts such as Jones," so people can form their own opinions. "
Dorsey's argument was co-authored by Emily Horne, the former head of global communications for Twitter, opposed the idea that the
"If I had worked for you, I would have advised you to take this as a sign that if current Twitter policies authorize legitimate accounts to force followers to harass people offline /
then the policies do not work as intended & Twitter looks at the way forward, "she tweeted.
Twitter is in the process of doing so" promoting healthy conversation "by studying the platform outside of researchers and providing recommendations on how to promote" openness and courtesy "
In a post about its rules Twitter said Tuesday that it was recent Updated a list of "abusive behaviors" that could abolish an account, including unwanted sexual advances, intimate sharing photos of someone, or the threat of unmasking or hijacking another person.
The policy also mentions hateful behavior that includes "abusive usernames" and images, as well as glorifies violence and extremist groups.
Earlier this year, Dorsey's Aid publicly stated that the company has been working to regulate abuse – from Russian bots to old-right agitators to trolls.
Twitter has sometimes pulled the whistle for recognizable accounts for violating his service. Two years ago, former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was banned after leading the harassment of "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones.
And last fall, Twitter made the notable step of scrapping official verifications – blue check marks – on the accounts of prominent White Nationalists
Facebook and YouTube have said that users who repeatedly violate their policies are being torn from their platforms can; Jones and Infowars had millions of subscribers. Jones is known to perpetuate hoaxes, including falsely claiming that the mass shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was staged by actors. Families of the victims accused him of slander.
On Twitter, he has told his more than 858,000 followers that his fall from other social media platforms remains a matter of free speech – and asked if other conservative voices will be similarly targeted.
"It's about whose speeches and ideas are preferred and who are against them," his report tweeted early Wednesday.