'Hasn't violated our rules': Twitter chief defends not booting Alex Jones

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Twitter CEO: Alex Jones 'hasn’t violated our rules'

But in case the service's position was not entirely clear, Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey further shed light on its stance via a series of tweets late Tuesday.

A set of new rules on "hateful conduct and abusive behavior", implemented by Twitter at the end of a year ago, added additional content, such as "hateful imagery", to the category of material banned because it constitutes "specific threats of violence or wishing for serious physical harm, death, or disease to an individual or group of people".

YouTube's move of banning content by the United States conspiracy theorist Alex Jones comes days after Facebook, Apple and Spotify toughened their stand against the radio show host and banned him on their platforms.

The social network announced Tuesday that it would not ban Alex Jones or InfoWars from the site, noting that neither are now in violation of its rules. "We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn't violated our rules. That's not us", Dorsey wrote. We'll enforce if he does.

Dorsey said that Jones hasn't violated the rules and argued, "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".

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They are The Alex Jones Channel Page, The Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Nightly News Page and the Infowars Page. He did this only after learning of Apple's decision, Byers said, explaining why Facebook announced its decision at 3 a.m. PT. YouTube and Spotify reacted similarly.

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he added. In addition, Facebook and Spotify have deleted more of Jones' content, after removing some content last week.

As mentioned before, YouTube is not the only tech company that has banned the radio show host from its platform. The pages were removed "for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", Facebook said in a release. Dorsey's explanation, which elaborated on a short statement released by Twitter the day before, came under immediate criticism and renewed the debate over the parameters of hate speech and the responsibility of technology firms to regulate the flow of information while remaining neutral platforms.

He then went into more detail with subsequent tweets.

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