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Offbeat Twitter admits InfoWars violated its rules, but says it will remain on the platform

05:30  11 august  2018
05:30  11 august  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Apple has removed Infowars podcasts from iTunes

  Apple has removed Infowars podcasts from iTunes Apple has followed the lead of Google and Facebook after it removed Infowars, the conspiracy theorist organization helmed by Alex Jones, from its iTunes and podcasts apps. Unlike Google and Facebook, which removed four Infowars videos on the basis that the content violated its policies, Apple's action is wider-reaching. The company has withdrawn all episodes of five of Infowars' six podcasts from its directory of content, leaving just one left, a show called 'Real News With David Knight.

Twitter said Friday that the accounts belonging to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars would, for now, remain online, one day after a CNN investigation found that Jones' Twitter accounts appeared to have repeatedly violated the company's rules .

Those videos were not the only content CNN found in its review of Jones' and InfoWars ' Twitter accounts that suggest the social media platform 's statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars . Content that appears to violate Twitter 's rules

  Twitter admits InfoWars violated its rules, but says it will remain on the platform © Photo-Illustration:CNNMoney/Twitter

Twitter said Friday that the accounts belonging to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars would, for now, remain online, one day after a CNN investigation found that Jones' Twitter accounts appeared to have repeatedly violated the company's rules.

A Twitter spokesperson said that the company concluded that of the more than a dozen tweets included in CNN's Thursday report, seven were found to have violated Twitter's rules. Twitter would have required those tweets to be deleted, if they were to have remained up.

But after CNN's investigation was published, the tweets cited in it were almost immediately deleted from the social media website. Jones said on his program Friday that he had instructed his staff to do so and "take the super high road," though he contested whether the tweets violated any Twitter rules.

Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars and Alex Jones

  Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars and Alex Jones Facebook has removed four pages associated with InfoWars and its controversial founder Alex Jones for repeated violations of its policies. The social media platform said in a statement Monday that it had "unpublished" the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.Facebook removed four videos from the pages last week after determining that they violated its hate speech and bullying policies. It also suspended the personal profile of Jones.

Those videos were not the only content CNN found in its review of Jones’ and InfoWars ’ Twitter accounts that suggest the social media platform ’s statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars . Content that appears to violate Twitter ’s rules

Those videos were not the only content CNN found in its review of Jones' and InfoWars ' Twitter accounts that suggest the social media platform 's statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars . Content that appears to violate Twitter 's rules

Among the seven tweets found to have violated Twitter's rules, the spokesperson said, two of the tweets occurred recently enough that Twitter could cite them in the future to take additional punitive action against Jones' accounts.

The other five tweets occurred before a set of bolstered Twitter rules were put into place in December 2017. While Twitter required those tweets be deleted, the company cannot use them as grounds to take further action against the accounts, the spokesperson said.

The Twitter spokesperson was not immediately able to provide CNN with the specific tweets the company had determined to have violated its rules.

"We will continue to review any content that is flagged to us and take action as appropriate," the Twitter spokesperson said.

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Image caption Mr Jones and his InfoWars Twitter accounts have shared 100,000 tweets on the platform . The CEO of Twitter says it will not ban InfoWars or its founder Alex Jones because their accounts do not violate the social media platform 's rules .

The debates were urgent, fueled by criticism against Twitter for its lack of action against the posts from the far-right conspiracy site Infowars and its In a string of tweets on Tuesday, Mr. Dorsey said Twitter would not ban Mr. Jones or Infowars , because they had not violated the company’s rules .

CNN's investigation found that InfoWars' and Jones' Twitter accounts had published content that degraded groups of people on the basis of their religion and gender identity, engaged in the harassment of individuals, glorified violence, and promoted conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings.

Previously, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had maintained that Jones and InfoWars had not "violated our rules." He had vowed, "We'll enforce if he does."

CNN'sexamination of Jones' and InfoWars' accounts also found that the same content that led other tech companies to take action against Jones had been posted on Twitter by both Jones and InfoWars. Earlier in the week, a Twitter executive strongly suggested such content had not been posted, and said that had it been posted, it would have "violated our policies" and "we would have taken action."

The Twitter spokesperson said Friday that the executive, Del Harvey, had only intended to specifically reference Jones' personal account, not the InfoWars account as well, and that the company should have "been more explicit about that."

Twitter is one of the only major social media companies that has not scrubbed its platform of Jones or InfoWars in the last week. Since Sunday, Jones has seen the vast majority of the social media infrastructure for his media empire crumble. Apple has removed the full library of his podcasts, Facebook has unpublished his pages, YouTube terminated his account, and other technology companies took similar action. InfoWars apps remain available through the Google Play store and Apple's app store, however.

After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes .
A day after Twitter gave right-wing conspiratorialist Alex Jones a weeklong timeout, CEO Jack Dorsey is mulling deeper changes to the social media service that might limit the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech.Twitter joined other prominent tech companies in muzzling Jones, the founder of the Infowars site, who has used Twitter and other social outlets to spread false information. Twitter had resisted the move despite public pressure, but the holdout lasted less than two weeks.

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