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Alex Jones and the rise of corporate censorship

Twitter positioned itself this week as an outlier among technology companies and streaming services that have acted in recent days to limit the platform enjoyed by Alex Jones and his Infowars shows because of allegations of hate speech.

Twitter had not removed Jones or InfoWars from its service, as of Monday afternoon NY time.

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.

Publishing platforms have faced strong pressure to take action against Jones and Infowars over the past few months, but Apple was the first major company to sanction the broadcaster in its entirety. Jones denies that and says the decisions were about censoring conservative content.

The app launched in June and users can stream live shows and read stories from his Infowars website, where he also sells merchandise, including t-shirts, books, supplements and survivalist gear.

Infowars broke the app stores top 10 in the news category on Tuesday, edging out CNN, Fox News and The New York Times apps. "That's not us", Dorsey wrote on Twitter. These pages include the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.

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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.

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with different opinions".

Jones has made a living off of preaching what Colbert described as "vile conspiracy theories" for years, most notoriously maintaining that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was an elaborate hoax.

But Dorsey admitted the platform has been "terrible" at explaining why certain people are banned. The social media giant found four videos on Jones' account which, it maintains, warranted an enforced, involuntary break from Facebook.

He said he wanted the company to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints".

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