We Do Not Shadow Ban for Political Views — Twitter CEO

Twitter is the lone tech giant not to ban Alex Jones

Following the purge of Infowars by big tech companies earlier this week, the Infowars app has been trending: now, it's ranked No. 3 in the "News" category of Apple's App Store, behind Twitter and News Break and ahead of apps for news organizations including CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and BuzzFeed.

Apple said it regularly monitors all apps for content violations.

Twitter, unlike Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, LinkedIn, and Apple's podcast platform, decided this week to let InfoWars, a show run by half-performance-artist-half-conspiracy-theorist Alex Jones, continue to use its platform. Apple, despite removing most of Jones' podcasts from its directory, has left Jones's content on their app store.

Content that appears to violate Twitter's rules appears over and over again in the hundreds of hours of video available on the accounts that Jones and InfoWars maintain on Twitter and Periscope, a live-streaming video service that Twitter owns.

The Infowars app functions much differently than the podcasts, potentially explaining the differences in enforcement.

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Dorsey said that when considering whether to remove extremist accounts from the site, he relies on reports from users who are experiencing or witnessing harassment and then considers the "context of everything that's happening around it".

Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users. Jones reportedly said Parkland, Fla., shooting survivors interviewed by the news media were actors and compared student David Hogg to members of the Nazi Party.

Six families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation.

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. 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 USA government.

The message noted that Twitter would have taken action against Jones had he posted the same content on its service as he had on Facebook and YouTube. On Wednesday, Hannity praised Dorsey and asked if he had received requests to ban him from Twitter as well.

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