Success! Alex Jones Gets Banned From YouTube, Apple, Facebook and Spotify

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

SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Sits Down with Sean Hannity

Twitter has been criticized along with other social media platforms for shadow-banning conservative users, and in response, Dorsey said Twitter does not shadow-ban but does rank certain users in its search bar and in conversations based on what they say. But the company is monitoring the app.

Twitter will not remove controversial radio host Alex Jones from its network despite the fact some of his content was taken off Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple's iTunes, and Podcast apps.

Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories, including the claim that the 9/11 terror attacks were carried out by the government.

The Infowars app functions much differently than the podcasts, potentially explaining the differences in enforcement.

"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", the company's statement said.

A deeper dive into Apple's guidelines says the company bans apps that feature "content that is offensive, insensitive, upsetting, meant to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste", according to Buzzfeed News.

Six families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation.

The right to free speech does not include the right to harass and persecute innocent people, as Jones has done numerous times - including his attempts to target survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

"We carefully review content on our platforms and products for violations of our terms and conditions, or our content policies", a Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the United States government.

As of early Monday, just one of the six Infowars programs once listed by Apple remained, RealNews with David Knight.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio and online platforms and had been available on YouTube, reached at least 70 million people a week.

Twitter has drawn public outcry for not removing Jones' account. On Wednesday, Hannity praised Dorsey and asked if he had received requests to ban him from Twitter as well. Dorsey noted his fear of Twitter slipping into censorship, and noted that Jones has yet to violate Twitter's terms.

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