Thursday, 18 October, 2018

InfoWars App Overtakes CNN on Charts, CNN Lobbies Apple to Censor

Tech companies gave massive platforms to conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Is the crackdown finally here Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app
Glenn Montgomery | 08 August, 2018, 20:09

"We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories", he said.

A decision late Sunday by Apple to erase virtually all of Jones's podcasts from iTunes and its podcast apps set off a cascade.

The companies that punished Jones said they did so because he violated their policies on hate speech.

On Monday, InfoWars host Alex Jones raged after his coffers of conspiracy-filled content were deleted from YouTube (where his channels boasted 2.4 million followers). However, he tried to circumvent this ban by live streaming content on other platforms, leading the site to terminate his account permanently.

Despite being banned by some tech companies and having his podcasts removed, the Infowars iPhone app became the fourth most popular news app in the App Store on Tuesday, according to screen grabs shared online.

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Dorsey admitted that Twitter has done a bad job of explaining their reasoning in the past but said the company was working on effectively improving communication with the general public. "Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", the document read.

"While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our service, we prohibit targeted behaviour that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others".

While the social network has already been the recipient of criticism for choosing not to suspend Jones, Dorsey's last tweet in particular drew additional ire. "We're fixing that", Dorsey said.

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.

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