Alex Jones has always operated on the fringes of the media world, but he's become a focal point more recently after spending a good deal of time in court. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey tweeted that his platform wouldn't join other social networks in banning parts or all of Mr. Jones's controversial content.
In a tweet Tuesday, WikiLeaks called out the unanimous ban of Jones' program as a suspicious move from the Silicon Valley giants. "Moving forward, we all need more clarity on what their rules are and how they intend to enforce them".
"Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users", a company spokesperson said in a statement to Buzzfeed News, which first reported the removal.
He may have escaped a ban for not violating Twitter's policies, but Dorsey says: "we'll enforce if he does". While he doesn't look like Jones, he sounds just like him while parodying the Infowars host calling on viewers to send donations in wake of popular platforms turning against him. But while YouTube, Facebook, Apple and others have come down hard on the right-wing conspiracy theorist for peddling hate speech, Twitter is standing by him.
He then went into more detail with subsequent tweets.
He appeared to place the onus on journalists to put Jones' content in context: "Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly to people can form their own opinions".
"This is what serves the public conversation best", he said. On his show, InfoWars, he peddles conspiracy theories, ranging from claiming the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government to stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job". A separate Twitter account for Infowars is also still running.
Earlier this week, Apple removed five of six Infowars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps for violating its hate speech guidelines.
US-based social media have always been criticized by some liberal commentators for lacking transparency in how they ban content and for having an apparent political bias.