Apple says it's monitoring Infowars app

Twitter Gives a Very Bad and Unsatisfying Explanation for Why It Won’t Ban Alex Jones

This was less than an hour after CNN reported that more than a dozen tweets and videos on Jones' and InfoWars' Twitter accounts were in violation of Twitter's content policy.

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Two weeks ago, United States campaigner Jared Holt wrote a message on Twitter that sparked the collapse of alt-right information channel Infowars' lifeline to four major media sites.

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. Seeing as the company has been so vocal lately about trying to curb "troll-like behaviors" and working to "reduce people's ability to detract from healthy public conversation", it seems like they'd be on board with banning someone who has built his career on harassing the parents of murdered children as well as teenage school shooting victims, who uses his platform to spread unsafe and hateful misinformation.

Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users. The app lets users stream broadcasts which don't remain on the app, making them harder to review for policy violations, whereas the podcasts are archived and easily reviewable.

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The moves by Apple, Facebook and YouTube shut down key distribution channels that had given Jones easy access to millions of internet users. "We'll enforce if he does". Several of the children's families - who have been harassed and threatened by people who believe the conspiracy theory - have filed lawsuits against Jones.

Last month Facebook defended Mr. Jones's right to free speech. Jones reportedly said Parkland, Fla., shooting survivors interviewed by the news media were actors and compared student David Hogg to members of the Nazi Party.

This response would be bad enough if Twitter didn't ban accounts for far less across seemingly arbitrary lines (which they do).

At the same time, we're learning more and more about how digital platforms were used as tools to spread false information and influence both the 2016 USA presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum. "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".

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