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

Twitter is the lone tech giant not to ban Alex Jones

Alex Jones is a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist. If conspiracy theories are given a platform and allowed to propagate, no amount of fact-checking can stem the tide.

The InfoWars app hosts a news page that includes exclusive and curated news articles, a store page where users can buy merchandise, and a "shows" page where users can watch livestreams of InfoWars and its host Alex Jones' video podcasts.

Google has not said why the Infowars app, which offers live streams and articles, was not removed in its app store as part of the actions. YouTube recently removed Alex Jones' and InfoWars' channels, but similarly to Apple, the InfoWars app remains available in the Google Play Store.

As a mystifying capper, Jack concluded that it's the media's job to stop risky men like Jones, not Twitter's. In a tweet thread, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained that Jones hasn't violated the company's rules, but Twitter will act if he does and it will "continue to promote a healthy conversational environment".

Jones' podcasts differed from the Infowars app in a key way.

Apple told The Washington Post in a statement Thursday: "We put great effort into curating the App Store to provide the very best experience for everyone".

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Unlike Apple's podcast service, which linked to a list of Jones's previous episodes, the Infowars app doesn't offer a catalogue of old shows.

"Truth is we've been bad at explaining our decisions in the past", Dorsey said in one of his tweets.

"So a hypothetical verified user who tweeted nothing but pictures of kittens but organized Nazi rallies for a living could now retain his tweeting privileges, but lose his verification badge", reported the Verge, while Mashable added that Twitter would also "monitor for hate speech in usernames, display names, and profile bios".

Dorsey said that when considering whether to remove extremist accounts from the site, he relies on reports from users who are experiencing or witnessing harassment and then considers the "context of everything that's happening around it". And in doing so we eschew real discourse, the kind that takes these problematic claims like many of Jones' to task, for tribalism and stubbornness.

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