InfoWars rockets up in Apple's App Store

Howard TerryAug 08, 2018

Dorsey was responding after Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify took down material over the past week published by Jones, raising pressure on Twitter to do the same.

YouTube's move of banning content by the USA conspiracy theorist Alex Jones comes days after Facebook, Apple and Spotify toughened their stand against the radio show host and banned him on their platforms.

"#Infowars has been banned on so many platforms, but people are still finding ways to get the truth", he added in subsequent tweet. "We prohibit targeted behavior that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence others and take action when they violate our policies". "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", Apple said in a statement to BuzzFeed.

"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction", Dorsey tweeted. Jones, the founder of InfoWars, is known for spreading far-right conspiracy theories, including saying that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting was a hoax. "We'll enforce if he does", he said. The CEO also called upon journalists to refute "unsubstantiated rumors" from Jones' account "so people can form their own opinions".

Earlier this week, Apple removed five of InfoWars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts apps.

We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. Twitter has recently stepped up actions against fake accounts, but the company has admitted that it has no "scalable policy or set of product features around authenticity of content".

Dorsey also appeared to reference the decisions by other big tech firms in recent days to shut down Jones and Infowars. In a defamation suit filed in Connecticut Superior Court in late May, the families said Jones promotes conspiracies to drive traffic to his website and subsequently sell products to his followers.

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