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

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He's now being sued by the victims' family members over harassment they received from "Infowars" fans and has been booted from a number of major platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Apple.

According to Colbert, Pinterest has even pulled Jones's pages ("Bad news if you were planning an autumn wedding with the theme "gay frog chemtrails'", Colbert said) leaving Twitter as the sole social media site giving Jones a platform". Dorsey said the company was committed to promoting "a healthy conversational environment" - which included Jones.

"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction".

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he said. 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 pledged to fix that about the platform. "We prohibit targeted behavior that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence others and take action when they violate our policies".

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Twitter/RealAlexJonesThe drive to keep Alex Jones off the major online platforms may have had some unintended consequences-at least temporarily.

Dorsey also appeared to reference the decisions by other big tech firms in recent days to shut down Jones and Infowars.

The InfoWars app is still available on the Apple and Google app stores. The trillion dollar company has removed five of the six podcasts produced by InfoWars, the conspiracy theory empire that Jones founded to spread misinformation. "The decision was made because the conspiracy theories and vitriol that populated Jones's videos violated the tech companies" community standards.

"We've been banned completely on Facebook, Apple and Spotify", Jones tweeted on Monday.