Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones and InfoWars

Twitter CEO Dorsey goes on Hannity to defend racist posts, Alex Jones

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

Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.

There are, of course, many problems with that logic, namely that Twitter is dodging responsibility for holding users to basic standards of honesty. "We're fixing that", he said on Wednesday. "And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified", Dorsey said in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, that's not quite how it works.

And, he admitted, "We'll certainly miss things".

If that's what this was about, that would be great. 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.

Alex Jones is a unsafe man. Kick Jones off, and you risk losing at least a portion of those followers, which means fewer eyeballs looking at promoted tweets.

The Infowars app contains only rebroadcasts of the current day's episodes, subjecting a much smaller set of content to the rules.

The now-deleted tweets by Infowars and Jones that were cited in the report included posts attacking transgender and Muslim people; claims that the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax perpetrated by "crisis actors"; and a video that called David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., high-school shooting, a Nazi.

The Infowars Official app has become the App Store's third most-downloaded news app this week after Apple removed access on Sunday to some of Jones' podcasts from its digital store.

"There might be violent extremist groups that try to get onto our service, and we take that into consideration". "People should decide who they follow and who they want to hear from".

Dorsey then explained how Twitter's algorithms look at users' behaviors to make decisions on where to place content.

"Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", she said. Twitter has always been a risky place for many journalists, especially women and people of color. Twitter is not going to protect us, or the truth, any better than it already is.

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