Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Twitter CEO Dorsey goes on Hannity to defend racist posts, Alex Jones

Twitter CEO Dorsey goes on Hannity to defend racist posts, Alex Jones Twitter CEO Dorsey goes on Hannity to defend racist posts, Alex Jones
Patty Aguilar | 10 August, 2018, 07:43

Within an hour of the CNN story going live, more than a dozen videos and tweets from Jones's account began disappearing from the platform. But the company is monitoring the app.

Apple banned six Infowars podcasts from its platform on Sunday, giving momentum to a wave of crackdowns on Alex Jones's controversial news site by other tech companies like Facebook and YouTube.

The now-deleted tweets by Infowars and Jones that were cited in the report included posts attacking transgender and Muslim people; claims that the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax perpetrated by "crisis actors"; and a video that called David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., high-school shooting, a Nazi. Facebook removed four of Jones's pages; YouTube terminated his channel, with its 2.4 million subscribers; and Apple removed the majority of Jones's podcasts from iTunes and its podcast app.

Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.

The Infowars app functions much differently than the podcasts, potentially explaining the differences in enforcement.

Twitter's VP of trust and safety, Del Harvey, had said in an email to employees earlier on Wednesday that had InfoWars published the offending content to Twitter, it would constitute a violation of Twitter's rules, and would have forced the company to "take action". And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified.

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Six families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation. "We also look, in those particular cases, at off-platform behavior as well", he said.

While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years.

The change came at the same time as conservatives and prominent activists like Tommy Robison lost their Twitter account verification.

Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Spotify Technology SA also removed some content this week that had been produced by Jones. Twitter, Dorsey said Tuesday, would not follow suit because Jones had not crossed the line on its service.

Listen to the full interview between Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Sean Hannity here.

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