While most of the largest tech companies in Silicon Valley such as Google and Facebook banned right-wing radio personality Alex Jones at 3 a.m. Sunday, Twitter has quietly opted out of joining its tech brethren in the censoring of Alex's channel. Alex Jones is the founder of Infowars, a website devoted to conspiracy theories and alternate news topics. Jones's channels racked up an impressive 20 million viewers but now, is the leftist Big Tech cabal censoring his voice because they are concerned that some of his theories might actually be true?
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.</p>— jack (@jack) <a href="https://twitter.com/jack/status/1026984242893357056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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When asked about why Twitter hasn't joined the other platforms in the seemingly coordinated censorship of his channel, Dorsey had this to say: "We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. "We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified."
"Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past. We’re fixing that. We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories. If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that’s constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction. That’s not us."
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"Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best."
It is very interesting to see Dorsey virtually defending Alex Jones by saying he is allowed a right to free speech in a public forum where it can be scrutinized and criticized. Perhaps this bizarre, seemingly coordinated censorship of Jones' content from YouTube, Spotify, Apple, MailChimp, Pinterest, and Facebook was actually a test to see how people would react ahead of the upcoming elections? Certainly banning the most vocal opposition would serve someone's political agenda and be excellent political leverage.
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