Twitter CEO not banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

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Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has defended his company's decision not to ban Alex Jones, saying the American conspiracy theorist "hasn't violated our rules".

Colbert was referring to the news that tech companies and social media sites have made a decision to either ban or pull content from Infowars and Jones from their sites. A statement released Tuesday said that since 2013, the company has explicitly banned "targeted harassment", elaborated on how it enforces violations of its policies on hateful conduct, and beefed up its rules on sharing intimate photos of someone without their consent, among other changes.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey said in a series of tweets late Tuesday. We'll enforce if he does.

A number of platforms have reached a different conclusion, as the crackdown on Jones intensified this week.

However, viewers are now flocking to Apple's app store as Infowars' content has yet to be removed from that platform.

He points out, however, that Alex Jones is not being given a free ride.

In a similar move, Spotify also removed all the episodes of Jones' The Alex Jones Show after removing selected episodes last week. "We're fixing that", Dorsey said.

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InfoWars shot up the charts following censorship of its accounts on most major platforms, which ended with the network being banned from YouTube, Facebook, Apple podcasts, and Spotify.

"Twitter remains Jones' only big portal to mainstream conversation..." Jones was sued for defamation in three separate lawsuits by families who had children die in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2011, a shooting that Jones repeatedly said didn't actually happen.

Dorsey also said in his tweet thread that it is the responsibility of journalists to "document, validate, and refute" the information that "accounts like Jones'" often spread.

Dorsey's stance has drawn ire from others in the tech world, such as former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao.

"All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube", a spokesperson for Google's video site wrote in an email.

Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories, including the claim that the 9-11 terror attacks were carried out by the government.