Twitter CEO Defends Decision Not To Ban Alex Jones

Scott Morefield | Reporter

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday defended his company’s decision to break from Facebook and other platforms and not ban Alex Jones and other accounts associated with the websites Jones founded.

“We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday,” Dorsey tweeted. “We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules.” (RELATED: First They Came For Alex Jones)

Dorsey then made his case over a series of tweets, insisting that, should Jones violate those rules, he would be held “to the same standard we hold to every account.”

On Monday, Facebook, Apple, and YouTube all banned various Jones-associated accounts, citing violations of their terms of service.

“Upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies,” read part of Facebook’s statement.

But despite their disagreement with Jones on many issues, many conservatives decried the bans as part of a slippery slope.

“This isn’t a First Amendment issue since it’s not the government doing it, yet,” wrote The DC’s Derek Hunter. “But it is about the idea of huge corporations that have become portals through which hundreds of millions of people communicate deciding what is acceptable speech for everyone else. The only speech that needs protecting is unpopular speech, otherwise you could be next.”

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