Twitter finally removes some of Alex Jones, Infowars videos and tweets
Jack Dorsey, CEO Twitter defended his decision, on Wednesday, not to remove Infowars and Alex Jones from the platform. It was later confirmed that his company deleted several of Jones’ and Infowars tweets and videos.
This event took place in less than an hour after CNN reported more than a dozen tweets and videos on Jones’ and Infowars’ Twitter accounts were in breach of Twitter’s content policy.
The videos included one was focused on Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, whom Jones compared to members of Nazi Party. He also suggested other survivors interviewed by the media were ”child actors”.
Another deleted video was centred on transgender Americans. Jones’ content on YouTube and Facebook was deleted on those platforms. Nevertheless, CNN questioned Twitter about the content on its platform, a spokesman could only reply with Dorsey’s previous statement that Jones hadn’t ”violated our rules”.
On Thursday, after CNN made another request for comment, but Twitter said it would review the content. It deleted the content the same day.
However, a spokesperson told CNN the posts weren’t deleted. They were just removed while the company continue to review it.
Jones has recently come under the scrutiny of tech companies including YouTube, Facebook, Apple and Spotify, for his conspiracy theories, hate speech and harassment violating community policies.
On Tuesday, Dorsey defended Twitter’s stance to not follow suit because Jones hadn’t crossed the line on the platform. “We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does,” Dorsey tweeted. “And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.”
The following day, Dorsey continued defending his decisions on the Sean Hannity radio show. He said that Twitter believes “in the power of free expression,” but acknowledged the need “to balance that with the bad-faith actors who intentionally try to silence others.”