Tech giants ban Alex Jones
Blaming Infowars founder of incitement to hatred.
Twitter can’t seem to stop with Alex Jones.
The microblogging platform, which has taken heat as one of the few high-tech companies not ban the extreme-right conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder, admitted on Friday that he had a history of messages is in conflict with the site of the general terms and conditions of the service, but not yet terminated his accounts, according to a report.
Earlier, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a tweetstorm last week defended his company’s decision not to ban Jones by saying, among other things, that the conspiracy theorist had not violated the site rules and that they him gave journalists a chance to have a “document, confirm and refute such information directly.”
CNN compiled a list of Jones’ messages in which he said that victims of mass shootings were those in the false-flag operations, labeled Park shooting survivor David Hogg was a Nazi and attacked LGBT people.
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When confronted with the network with the posts, a Twitter spokesman said the company show that of the more than a dozen tweets, seven were found to have violated Twitter’s rules. Twitter should those tweets will be removed, if they still are.
After CNN’s story was published, the tweets have been deleted and Jones allegedly said on his Friday program that he had instructed his staff to do so as a way of “taking the high road”—but he disputed whether she violated Twitter’s rules.
Meanwhile, Jones’ website and other online platforms are still popular destinations.
Infowars continues to attract more than 1 million page visits per day and has risen to the top this month, according to Amazon, the Alexa website traffic report, which also said Infowars averages of more than 25 million page views per month, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
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Also Google still offers the Infowars app for Android users, and Apple customers can download it through the App Store.
Facebook and YouTube both deliberated for months as to what to do with Jones Infowars before Apple forced their hands, the reports of the Border, even though their conclusion was more or less determined in advance.
Regardless of how the technical platforms go against Jones (or not), they will continue to face the scrutiny of all sides of the political spectrum for their choices.
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Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.