Amid backlash, Twitter CEO explains why Alex Jones hasn't been banned

Tech companies gave massive platforms to conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Is the crackdown finally here

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey said.

Twitter has been under fire from users since Sunday, when Apple said it removed podcasts produced by Jones from its streaming platform, citing "hate speech".

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has defended his company's decision not to follow the lead of its Silicon Valley counterparts, saying that Alex Jones "hasn't violated our rules".

YouTube on Monday deleted the Alex Jones Channel from its platform for violating its community guidelines. Dorsey wrote that Twitter will "continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified".

With a series of bans and content removal by major technology firms, Jones has complained that there is a coordinated "big tech" agenda to silence him. "Sometimes these expressions may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", Twitter said in a Tuesday blog post. "Moving forward, we all need more clarity on what their rules are and how they intend to enforce them". The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.

"Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions", Dorsey said.

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

Several users on Twitter pointed out the seeming inconsistency of Twitter's policies.

Conspiracy theorist and radio talk show host Alex Jones speaks during a rally in support of Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016 in Cleveland.

Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories.

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