Twitter Now Admits Infowars Did Violate Company Rules

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And earlier this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his decision to keep Jones and InfoWars on the site. While Twitter required those tweets be deleted, the company can not use them as grounds to take further action against the accounts, the spokesperson said.

A Twitter spokesperson said the company investigated a report by CNN that InfoWars and Jones tweets violated its terms of service, and found seven tweets that were not within regulations.

The remarks follow less than a day after a Twitter executive told CNN that such messages violating the company's policies had not occurred, arguing that "we would have taken action" to delete them.

CNN's Oliver Darcy looked into that and found that content that got Jones disciplined elsewhere also appeared on Twitter.

But after CNN's investigation was published, the tweets cited in it were nearly immediately deleted from the social media website. "We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: He hasn't violated our rules".

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With provocative right-wing talk-show host Alex Jones getting his content removed from YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and iTunes this week, Twitter was the only major social-media site that kept Jones and his Infowars musings intact.

He did, however, contend that the tweets were not violations of Twitter rules. After his reporting calling out numerous tweets from Jones, the tweets were all taken down (Twitter denied anyone from the company did so).

Jones has frequently used his site to spread horrifyingly disgusting conspiracy theories, including his belief that the Sandy Hook school shooting (in which dozens of 5- and 6-year-olds and their teachers were killed by a mass shooter) was a hoax, and that victims and their families were so-called "crisis actors". Jones has repeatedly degraded individuals of the Muslim faith. Facebook had previously removed some posts from the accounts, but additional "strikes" hadn't been publicly reported. Plenty of people have pointed out Jones' vile behavior long before even other sites started removing his content.

"After seeing the news, Mr. Zuckerberg sent a note to his team confirming his own decision: the strikes against Infowars and Mr. Jones would count individually, and the pages would come down", the report says.

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