Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Twitter CEO: We Do Not Shadow Ban for Political Views

Twitter CEO: We Do Not Shadow Ban for Political Views

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.

"We strongly support all points of view being represented on the App Store, as long as the apps are respectful to users with differing opinions, and follow our clear guidelines, ensuring the App Store is a safe marketplace for all", Apple said in a statement issued Wednesday night.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey tweeted Tuesday.

Twitter's VP of trust and safety, Del Harvey, had said in an email to employees earlier on Wednesday that had InfoWars published the offending content to Twitter, it would constitute a violation of Twitter's rules, and would have forced the company to "take action".

Technology companies have been under increasing pressure to boot Jones and Infowars from their platforms because of his promotion of conspiracy theories, particularly his claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged.

Jones says his "InfoWars" shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week. 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.

Dorsey then explained how Twitter's algorithms look at users' behaviors to make decisions on where to place content. Hannity has pushed a number of outlandish conspiracy theories on Fox News and his other platforms about President Barack Obama's birthplace, Hillary Clinton's health, and the murder of a Democratic National Committee employee.

However, a spokesman for Twitter told HuffPost that the Hannity interview had been scheduled long beforehand, when Dorsey made a decision to open a dialogue with conservatives over bias claims.

"I haven't heard those requests directly, but I'm sure someone is saying it somewhere", Dorsey said.

Dorsey's comments came the day after he announced that he would not take down Jones' personal account or his Infowars account ― even though almost every other major social media platform did so in recent days. I think this is far more hard, far more nuanced than I think a lot of people imagine. "We do believe in the power of free expression, but we also need to balance that with the fact that bad-faith actors intentionally try to silence other voices".

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