Infowars' Alex Jones booted from YouTube, Facebook, other services

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Twitter CEO: Alex Jones 'hasn’t violated our rules'

Dorsey placed the responsibility of policing Jones' account on journalists, as opposed to the company itself: "Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalise issues and spread unsubstantiated rumours, so it's critical journalists document, validate and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions".

Dorsey said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard as it does every account.

However, Twitter's CEO has spoken up and said that they will not ban Alex Jones from their platform. On his show, InfoWars, he peddles conspiracy theories, ranging from claiming the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government to stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job".

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Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the United States government was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Discussing how the "extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist and bath salt spokesmodel" has had his content removed from a number of platforms, Colbert quipped, "Now if you want to see one of Jones' signature rants, you'll have to be in the next booth at Ruby Tuesday when he sees a mother breastfeeding". It was the first major company to sanction the broadcaster in its entirety as pressure has mounted on content sharing platforms in recent months to clampdown on Jones and Infowars.

A notable detractor is the former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, who suggested it could lead to Twitter's demise.

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Dorsey began a tweet thread on the subject.

Jones also responded to Dorsey, saying, "I'm glad that you've doubled down, at least for now". "I am literally being disappeared". But Apple's decision is much more comprehensive than Spotify's and will likely harm Jones's bottom line. However, it has admitted that it has no scalable policy or set of features around authenticity of content.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned podcasts were removed from the iTunes and Podcasts directories, meaning they're not accessible anywhere on Apple's platform.

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The Alex Jones YouTube channel had 2.4 million subscribers and its videos were viewed over 1.5 billion times. 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. Stephen Colbert's Tuck Buckford is struggling, too.

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