Twitter CEO Defends Decision Not to Ban Alex Jones, Infowars

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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.

Apple's app store developer policy specifies that apps "should not include content that is offensive, insensitive, upsetting, meant to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste", including content that is "defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups".

Shear goes on to explain that he is not a supporter of Alex Jones or his Infowars productions.

While Infowars and its sympathizers have claimed censorship following the actions of YouTube, Facebook, Apple and others, all internet-content platforms specifically reserve the right to suspend users or delete content found to be in violation of their guidelines.

"We strongly support all points of view being represented on the App Store, as long as the apps are respectful to users with differing opinions, and follow our clear guidelines, ensuring the App Store is a safe marketplace for all", Apple said in a statement issued Wednesday night.

Two weeks ago, USA campaigner Jared Holt wrote a message on Twitter that sparked the collapse of alt-right information channel Infowars' lifeline to four major media sites. The show, for example has famously spread misinformation about the Sandy Hook school shooting, claiming it never happened.

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He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead. He has sought to have the lawsuit dismissed. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the USA government.

Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Spotify Technology SA also removed some content this week that had been produced by Jones.

It appears that the InfoWars app hasn't done anything to violate Apple's App Store review guidelines for developers-or it hasn't been caught doing so yet.

Removing the hate-mongering Alex Jones from his platforms is a huge step forward in the fight against fake news.

Infowars apparently scrambled Thursday to avoid getting kicked off Twitter - the only big digital platform that hasn't yet booted the hate-mongering media outfit - by deleting old posts that violated the social-media company's terms of service.

"NBC Nightly News" correspondent Jo Ling Kent said Wednesday morning that she's been requesting interviews with Dorsey for five years.

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