Amid the reaction against Jones sweeping much of the technology industry, she said, Twitter had missed "an opportunity to take a stand and commit to making and enforcing hard choices in service of promoting healthy conversation". When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts. The decision to completely pull the other shows, including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room", represents a broader effort than those made by other companies in recent days to stop disseminating material associated with Jones, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America". Alphabet recently removed InfoWars from YouTube after saying that the channel violated its terms of service.
But Twitter still allows Alex Jones and Infowars to put up content. Why?
The murky "hate-speech" policies used against Jones have anxious conservatives, libertarians, and other free-speech advocates, who increasingly see the tech companies as playing the role of arbiter while pretending to run content-neutral platforms.
"The truth is that there are only a few companies that control the majority of mainstream internet platforms, and when they all act in unison - at the same time - that could lead to more conspiracy theories".More news: England vs India, 1st Test, Day 2: 5 Talking Points
The InfoWars app is still available on the Apple and Google app stores.
You need only read about the struggles of the parents of Noah Pozner, a six-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook massacre, to understand just how evil and hate-filled Alex Jones is. It's also possible that InfoWars itself is removing the videos as a way of avoiding a full Twitter suspension.
Jones has achieved infamy and financial success for spreading lies, such as that many mass shootings are government hoaxes and Democrats run a global child-sex ring.
Jones has responded to the ban by calling it "21st-century warfare", and an attack on his right to free speech. "If an app or user violates these, we take action".More news: The View From London: We're In A Full-Scale China Trade War
The company is resisting pressure to follow suit, clarifying that Jones has not yet broken its rules.
This response would be bad enough if Twitter didn't ban accounts for far less across seemingly arbitrary lines (which they do).
"They, like other platforms where consumers can post their views on any given topic, are struggling to reconcile their sense of themselves as a platform with the reality that they are more like media companies", Brian Wieser, senior analyst at Pivotal Research Group, tells Mobile Insider. This followed news that the company had shared the data of 87 million users with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Get started by checking out these guidelines and soon you'll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.More news: Clerical error lands wrong Thomas Fleetwood check for $154K