Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Alex Jones ‘Hasn’t Violated Rules’

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended the company’s decision not to ban Alex Jones and Infowars’ accounts following a purge of Infowars accounts across Big Tech including Facebook, Spotify, Apple podcasts, and Microsoft’s LinkedIn. Dorsey says that Jones “hasn’t violated our rules,” and admitting “We’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions.”

Jack Dorsey took to his own platform to explain his companies refusal to ban Alex Jones from the site, stating that Jones had yet to violate any company rules but if he did the social media platform would indeed remove his accounts. The tweets from Dorsey read:

Dorsey did, however, claim that Jones has spread a number of falsehoods and as a result should have his claims researched and refuted rather than silencing him:

The platform’s rules have been updated a number of times, something which Twitter keeps track of. These are the rules that have been changed or updated according to Twitter:

  • In August 2013, we added a section explicitly prohibiting “targeted harassment” to the Twitter Rules under the “Abuse and Spam” category.
  • In December 2015, we added a separate “Abusive Behavior” section to the Twitter Rules.
  • In November 2016, we shared more details around hateful conduct and how we enforce policy violations.
  • Since then, we’ve updated the list of abusive behaviors we prohibit to include unwanted sexual advances, posting or sharing intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent, wishes or hopes of harm, and threats to expose or hack someone.
  • Last year we expanded hateful conduct and media policies to include abusive usernames and hateful imagery. We also updated rules around violence and physical harm to include the glorification of violence and violent extremist groups.

Many did not react well to Dorsey’s opinion that Infowars and Jones should be allowed to remain on the platform as long as they don’t break Twitter’s rules:

However, despite Dorsey’s promise to uphold free speech, Twitter has suspended Daniel McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, and Scott Horton, the editor of AntiWar.com. New York Times bestselling author Tom Woods criticised the suspensions in a tweet:

In a statement, McAdams stated that he and Horton were suspended for defending the former U.S. diplomat Peter Van Buren, who was also banned from the platform following an argument with a man allegedly funded by socialist billionaire George Soros.

Following his defense of Van Buren, McAdams stated that he received the following message: “you may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

McAdams said: “There is no way at all that my Tweet violated the above rule. In no way did I harass or threaten based on those criteria. I merely strongly criticized Katz for running to the authorities to get Peter banned.”

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan_ or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com

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