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'Twitter has a responsibility to stop publishing conspiracy theories'

'Twitter has a responsibility to stop publishing conspiracy theories'

"So, these are models that are looking at behaviors and behaviors of bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate, distract, divide a conversation or to unfairly amplify their content which they didn't earn so those are the signals that factor in and we do rank search, we do rank trends and we do rank conversations accordingly", Dorsey said. When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.

Congratulations to Care2 members who signed the petition and to all the other activists who worked to eliminate Jones' hateful content from social media.

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.

The decision comes after Apple removed five out of the six InfoWars podcasts from iTunes and its other platforms for violating its hate-speech rules.

"Alex Jones has been able to become so popular because he's been espousing these lies for so many years, and nobody has done anything to stop them", said April Glaser, who writes for Slate Magazine.

Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Spotify Technology SA also removed some content this week that had been produced by Jones. Many have questioned the platform's choice to let Jones continue to have a voice on the site, citing that his views have manifested into actual harm.

Jones' podcasts differed from the Infowars app in a key way. We guess it is a good market for Apple - after all Infowars readers are not very bright and likely to do something dumb like buying an overpriced phone.

Jones has also targeted eight other Sandy Hook families in the same way.




As NPR's David Folkenflik noted, "The ideas that Jones shares are particularly noxious, the idea that Sandy Hook massacre of schoolchildren was a hoax, the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, and other things".

"In the past we did not communicate why we would take actions on tweets, or why we might suspend temporarily or permanently", Dorsey told Hannity.

Under mounting public pressure, Facebook has now changed its mind.

The surge suggests the tech industry's recent action against Infowars has drawn new interest to the fringe outlet and the conspiracy theories it peddles.

After CNN's report was published, all 20 of the Infowars tweets were deleted.

Issues around fake news and data privacy are no joke, as Facebook recently found out when they lost more than $100 billion from their market value in the course of one trading day.

On Wednesday, Twitter's Vice President for Trust and Safety, Del Harvey, sent out a message to staff explaining the company's position on Alex Jones and Infowars. Get started by checking out these guidelines and soon you'll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.


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