Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app

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"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey wrote on Twitter. This followed the nearly simultaneous removal of his podcasts and pages from Apple, Facebook, and Spotify for hate-speech violations.

Now, it appears that Alex Jones is more cautious on Twitter than elsewhere so may well have stayed within the social network's rules.

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, issued a similar statement, saying Jones' accounts had violated its "policies against hate speech and harassment", but Jones claimed his statements are protected by free speech. "And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified".

But in case the service's position was not entirely clear, Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey further shed light on its stance via a series of tweets late Tuesday. "We'll enforce if he does", he said.

Dorsey said he understood why people were upset with the decision, but he said censorship isn't the answer.

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Twitter, which now stands out as one of the few social media sites refusing to curtail Jones's online reach, has been attacked by conservatives claiming that the platform is stifling them as it aims to purge fake accounts and automated bots. However, he tried to circumvent this ban by live streaming content on other platforms, leading the site to terminate his account permanently. The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.

As CNBC notes, the Infowars app violates the same guidelines that prompted Apple to remove its podcast counterpart, so it seems unlikely that it will remain available from Apple for long.

Murphy, who has represented CT in the US Senate since 2013, was among the vocal supporters of the controversial decision by several tech companies to suspend Jones from their platforms.

But the risk is that Twitter becomes the haven for conspiracy theorists, a place where vile rumours and hateful content can rage unchecked, however hard people who value the truth try to counter them.

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