Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains why Alex Jones is not banned

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"We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted. The four companies stated that Jones' disparaging comments about Muslims, immigrants, members of the LGBT community, and several other groups of people violate the hate speech clauses in their respective terms-of-service agreements.

Facebook's and YouTube's enforcement action against Jones came hours after Apple removed Jones from its podcast directory on 6 August.

Dorsey's decision has not gone down well with some, however, with Reddit's former CEO suggesting it could lead to Twitter's demise.

Jones has made a living off of preaching what Colbert described as "vile conspiracy theories" for years, most notoriously maintaining that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was an elaborate hoax. 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". Jones also claims the 9/11 terror attack on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

Twitter was notably absent from a list of big tech companies that cut some ties with Jones and his InfoWars site this week.

Further in Dorsey's thread, he said it was up to journalists to "document, validate, and refute" claims like Jones'.

Apple removed five of Jones' six Infowars podcasts from the Podcasts app Sunday night. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Meanwhile, YouTube also got in on the disciplinary action, removing some of Jones' videos and suspending his capacity to broadcast live for a considerable 90-day period. Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been awful at explaining our decisions in the past".

"Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", Harvey wrote.

He added that to "succumb and simply react" is "not us".

The backlash seems to have a partisan tint, coming amid speculation that Silicon Valley's transparent user policies are being applied in a way that is biased against conservative voices on their platforms. "That's not us", Dorsey added.

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