Infowars Tweets Deleted After CNN Cites Examples of Twitter Policy Violations

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

Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.

Twitter isn't the only company keeping Jones on their platform. YouTube recently removed Alex Jones' and InfoWars' channels, but similarly to Apple, the InfoWars app remains available in the Google Play Store.

But Web users can still access Infowars through its website and through the same tech companies that just banned it. Google offers the Infowars app for Android users, and Apple customers can download it through the App Store. 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. 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.

'We continue to monitor apps for violations of our guidelines and if we find content that violates our guidelines and is harmful to users we will remove those apps from the store as we have done previously, ' Apple said. "We'll enforce if he does". (In fact, the terms of service for Infowars.com itself includes such a provision.) It's also worth noting that the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment does not protect defamatory speech or incitements to violence.

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Jones is now facing a raft of defamation lawsuits, including multiple suits from the families of Sandy Hook victims.

He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead. However, he adds that students should be free to follow whomever they please online without fearing that it will impact their college admissions changes.

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. The fringe broadcaster has used social media to push conspiracy theories, including that the Sandy Hook massacre was faked, as well as hateful and false comments toward immigrants, transgender people and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Twitter, however, has refrained from pulling or suspending accounts linked to Jones.

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