Twitter says it will not ban accounts managed by Alex Jones and InfoWars

The controversial radio presenter Alex Jones (pictured) has seen the removal of tweets and videos from his account, as well as the official account of his InfoWars program (file photo)

Twitter revealed that it will not block controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its site, despite recent bans from competitors Apple, YouTube and Facebook.

A spokesman said that the accounts managed by the podcast host and its media platform InfoWars will be saved from the ban since they have not violated Twitter's policies.

Users of the microblogging site criticized the decision, arguing that Twitter is "protecting the hatred, violence and fanaticism" of Jones and its associated accounts.

The 44-year-old man saw his personal and InfoWars content removed from a series of major Internet sites in a series of unprecedented bans this week.

Apple, YouTube, Spotify and Facebook announced blocks of accounts and content of the conspiracy theorist hours later on Monday, citing violations of hate politics.

InfoWars, Jones' right-wing conspiracy website, called the "coordinated effort" # 39; as a & # 39; purge & # 39; designed to censor provocative site messages.

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The controversial radio presenter Alex Jones (pictured) has seen the removal of tweets and videos from his account, as well as the official account of his InfoWars program (file photo)

Twitter revealed that it will not block controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from his site, despite the recent bans on competitors Apple, YouTube and Facebook (file photo)

Following requests for similar restrictions on Twitter, a spokesperson for the site revealed that Jones and her affiliate accounts would remain active.

They told MailOnline that InfoWars and its associated accounts were not violating Twitter rules.

The content published by InfoWars on other social networking sites is often not published on Twitter, they added.

His policies on hate speech claim that he does not tolerate users who harass, intimidate or use fear to silence other users of social networks.

Twitter users who violate these rules may find deleted content, or their access to the suspended account, according to the social network.

But the site has been criticized in recent months for the way it handles accounts that publish abusive and threatening tweets, particularly those based on gender and religion, although last year it said it would take tough action against the abusive content.

The site suspended the accounts of several leaders of the far-right group Britain First in December for breaking its rules on hate speech.

He claims to have eliminated tens of thousands of accounts, many of them affiliated with neo-Nazi groups, since he pledged to make Twitter a "more secure environment". in November of 2017.

Twitter users criticized the microblogging site this week for its failure to take a tougher stance on Jones and InfoWars.

Shaun King wrote: OK, @Twitter the ball is in your court. All the other major platforms stepped up. Why do you protect the hatred, violence and intolerance of Alex Jones?

Twitter users have recently criticized the microblogging site for its failure to take a tougher stand on Jones and InfoWars.

Twitter users have recently criticized the microblogging site for its failure to take a tougher stand on Jones and InfoWars.

Twitter users criticized the microblogging site for its failure to take a tougher stand on Jones and InfoWars

Janice Leonard tweeted: & # 39; Twitter ban @realalexjones. We do not need to be subjected to his lies. Please & # 39;

Janice Leonard tweeted: & # 39; Twitter ban @realalexjones. We do not need to be subjected to his lies. Please & # 39;

Janice Leonard tweeted: & # 39; @Twitter please ban @realalexjones. We do not need to be subjected to his lies. Please & # 39;

Following the bans on Facebook, Spotify and Apple, the pornographic website YouPorn announced yesterday that it will remove any video that shows Jones from its site. Twitter user Joyce Bolton criticized the microblogging site for not following the game

Following the bans on Facebook, Spotify and Apple, the pornographic website YouPorn announced yesterday that it will remove any video that shows Jones from its site. Twitter user Joyce Bolton criticized the microblogging site for not following the game

Following the bans on Facebook, Spotify and Apple, the pornographic website YouPorn announced yesterday that it will remove any video that shows Jones from its site. Twitter user Joyce Bolton criticized the microblogging site for not following the game

Ed Krassenstein tweeted: & # 39; Why does not Twitter forbid Alex Jones and his InfoWars propaganda? Everyone else is!

Janice Leonard wrote: & # 39; @Twitter please ban @realalexjones. We do not need to be subjected to his lies. Please. & # 39;

Jones, a right-wing radio presenter based in Austin, Texas, frequently lands in hot water for inciting harassment against the goals of his political scammers.

He says that his shows reach at least 70 million people a week.

WHO HAS PROHIBITED TWITTER IN THE PAST?

Twitter announced in November 2017 that it would start banning accounts affiliated with "hate groups".

In March, former leader of the English Defense League Tommy Robinson was suspended for violating the rules of hate speech

In March, former leader of the English Defense League Tommy Robinson was suspended for violating the rules of hate speech

In March, former leader of the English Defense League Tommy Robinson was suspended for violating the rules of hate speech

The news followed years of criticism from users that the site allowed neo-Nazi groups, white supremacists and other extremist groups to spread abusive messages.

Twitter suspended the accounts of several leaders of the far-right group Britain First in December for breaking its rules on hate speech.

In March, former leader of the English Defense League Tommy Robinson was suspended for violating the rules that govern "hate behavior".

The site announced that it would soon take stronger measures to end online trolling in May.

Despite extensive bans, the site has been criticized for not doing enough to purge abusive users.

Last month, actor Seth Rogan lashed out against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for continuing to verify white supremacist accounts.

He tweeted: "I've been listening to @Jack about his strange need to verify white supremacists on his platform for the past 8 months, and after all the exchanges, I've come to a conclusion: the guy just does not seem to give af ** k . & # 39;

The theories he has promoted include that the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington were organized by the government of the United States.

He also promoted the theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked.

The shooting left 26 children and adults dead in a Connecticut elementary school.

Jones currently faces five lawsuits, including three headed by parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which Jones said was a deception led by leftist forces to promote gun control.

Alex Jones, a right-wing radio presenter based in Austin, Texas, often falls into hot water for inciting harassment of the whites of his political scam artists. He says his shows reach at least 70 million people a week

Alex Jones, a right-wing radio presenter based in Austin, Texas, often falls into hot water for inciting harassment of the whites of his political scam artists. He says his shows reach at least 70 million people a week

Alex Jones, a right-wing radio presenter based in Austin, Texas, often falls into hot water for inciting harassment of the whites of his political scam artists. He says his shows reach at least 70 million people a week

Several platforms have recently suspended or removed content posted by Jones and pages linked to Inforwars for violating hate content policies.

Facebook announced on Monday that it deleted four pages belonging to Jones for publishing content that violated its policies on hate speech and violence.

It came just hours after Apple revealed that it deleted the entire iTunes library for five of the six podcasts of Jones' Infowars, including the shows & # 39; War Room & # 39; and the newspaper & # 39; The Alex Jones Show & # 39 ;.

Shortly after Facebook and Apple took action, YouTube eliminated The Alex Jones Channel, which has about 2.5 million subscribers.

A Twitter spokesman said that the accounts managed by the podcast presenter and its media platform InfoWars will be saved from the ban since they have not violated the policies of the site (stock image)

A Twitter spokesman said that the accounts managed by the podcast presenter and its media platform InfoWars will be saved from the ban since they have not violated the policies of the site (stock image)

A Twitter spokesman said that the accounts managed by the podcast presenter and its media platform InfoWars will be saved from the ban since they have not violated the policies of the site (stock image)

WHAT IS THE TWITTER POLICY ABOUT THE HATE SPEECH?

Twitter says that it does not tolerate the behavior that harasses, intimidates or uses fear to silence other users of social networks.

Twitter users who violate these rules may find that their content has been removed or their access to the account suspended by the social network.

What does not prohibit Twitter?

According to the company, it will eliminate any tweet that does the following:

  • Threatening physical violence
  • Promote attacks based on your race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious illness
  • References to mass murders, violent events or specific means of violence in which such groups are the main targets or victims
  • Incites fear about a certain protected group
  • Repeated use of non-consensual insults, epithets, racist and sexist tropes
  • Content designed to degrade a specific user

Twitter users can target specific individuals or groups in several ways, for example, using the @ mention function or tagging a photo.

How does Twitter enforce these rules?

According to the company, the first thing you do every time an account or tweet is marked as inappropriate is to verify the context.

Twitter says: Some Tweets may seem abusive when viewed in isolation, but may not be when viewed in the context of a more extensive conversation.

"While we accept allegations of violations by any person, sometimes we also need to hear directly from the target to ensure that we have the right context."

Twitter says that the total number of reports received around a publication or individual account does not affect whether something will be deleted or not.

However, it could help Twitter to prioritize the order in which it is seen through tweets and marked accounts.

What happens if you violate the Twitter policy?

The consequences for violating our rules will vary according to the severity of the violation and the previous record of violation of the person, says Twitter.

The sanctions range from asking a user to voluntarily withdraw an offensive tweet until a complete account is suspended.

Spotify also announced on Monday that it would take additional measures against Jones, eliminating all episodes of the Alex Jones Show from the broadcast site.

Before this, Spotify had only been rid of specific episodes of the program, leaving most of the library on its platform.

Even the pornographic website YouPorn announced yesterday that it will remove any video that shows Jones from its site.

Often, people post non-pornographic content on pornographic websites due to their relatively relaxed copyright rules.

Facebook announced on Monday that it deleted four pages belonging to Jones for publishing content that violated its policies on hate speech and violence. Make a face for Facebook, which had previously refused to remove Infowars content for reasons of freedom of expression

Facebook announced on Monday that it deleted four pages belonging to Jones for publishing content that violated its policies on hate speech and violence. Make a face for Facebook, which had previously refused to remove Infowars content for reasons of freedom of expression

Facebook announced on Monday that it deleted four pages belonging to Jones for publishing content that violated its policies on hate speech and violence. Make a face for Facebook, which had previously refused to remove Infowars content for reasons of freedom of expression

In recent weeks, Facebook and other technology giants have faced repeated reactions against their inaction against the American conspiracy theorist.

However, YouTube, Facebook and Apple opted to take radical action against Jones on the same day, effectively removing their content from their platforms.

An ad on the channel Alex Jones said the account had been "canceled for violating the YouTube community guidelines."

"All users agree to abide by our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.

WHO IS ALEX JONES?

Alex Jones is a controversial radio and podcast presenter based in Austin, Texas.

Jones says his "InfoWars" programs, which are broadcast by radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.

Among other claims, he has described the massive shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School 2012 as a hoax.

He was sued for defamation by the families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

Among other claims, Alex Jones (file photo) has called the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School 2012 a hoax. He was sued for defamation by the families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead

Among other claims, Alex Jones (file photo) has called the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School 2012 a hoax. He was sued for defamation by the families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead

Among other claims, Alex Jones (file photo) has called the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School 2012 a hoax. He was sued for defamation by the families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead

Now he admits that the shooting took place, but he says that his demands were for freedom of expression. He has sought to dismiss the claim.

Jones has also claimed that the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington were organized by the United States government.

While it began to transmit its shows in 1999, the profile of Jones has extended from the extreme right in the last years.

While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones that his reputation was "incredible."

"When users repeatedly violate these policies, such as our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms that prohibit our coercive measures, we finalize their accounts."

YouTube had released four videos submitted by Jones last month for violating his policies on hate speech and danger to children.

The firm realized that Jones continued to violate its policies and took additional measures as a result.

The initial actions of YouTube provoked similar movements of Spotify, Facebook and Apple.

Apple announced its decision on Sunday night. Only one program provided by InfoWars, & # 39; RealNews with David Knight & # 39; It remained on Apple's platforms at the time of publication.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple confirmed that it also eliminated Jones' podcast for violating its guidelines on hate speech.

Only a few hours later, Facebook said it had "unpublished" & # 39; the Alex Jones Channel page, the Alex Jones page, the Infowars page and the Infowars night news page.

Many have pointed out that the timing of Facebook's ban was peculiar, with the signing of social media posting the ad on its site at around 3 a.m. (Pacific Time), according to The Guardian.

It marks an important face for Facebook, which said in recent weeks that it refused to ban Infowars with the argument of protecting freedom of expression on its platform.

Facebook in July forbade Jones to personally post on the platform for 30 days and deleted four videos for violating its rules.

At that time, Facebook had warned that it would ban Jones and Infowars accounts if they continue to post content that violates company standards.

"As a result of the reports we received last week, we eliminated four videos on four Facebook pages for violating our policies of intimidation and hate speech," Facebook wrote in a blog post.

"Since then, we have been informed of more content from the same pages: after its review, we have removed it to glorify the violence, which violates our policy of graphic violence, and uses a dehumanizing language to describe transgender, Muslim and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies. "

Facebook added that although many have criticized Infowars for publishing false news on the site, such as the conspiracy theories related to September 11 and the Sandy Hook shooting, the actions it took were not related to that.

While Jones and Infowars technically can not access the site, Facebook said they still have the right to appeal. the decision of the company.

If neither party appeals or your appeal fails, Facebook will remove the pages indefinitely.

Facebook he said in a tweet last month that banning the Infowars pages would be contrary to the basic principles of freedom of expression after a CNN reporter asked him why the company had allowed Infowars, which had more than 900,000 followers, to continue operating on its site .

In July, YouTube slapped Jones' channel with a "community attack" and prevented him from broadcasting live on the site for 90 days.

Spotify, a music and podcasting company, did the same thing last week when it eliminated some specific episodes of Jones' shows.

It is not clear exactly how many episodes were abandoned, although the vast majority of the content created by Jones is still available to Spotify users.

& # 39; Spotify can confirm that you have deleted specific episodes of the podcast & # 39; The Alex Jones Show for violating our hate content policy, a spokesman said Sunday night.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that our community scores."

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