Dorsey was responding after Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify took down material over the past week published by Jones, reflecting more aggressive enforcement of their hate speech policies and raising pressure on Twitter to do the same. "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", a company spokesperson said.
Several ultra-conservative websites showed support for Jones, publicly backing his claim that he was a victim of a plot by Big Tech companies.
Dorsey said that it's the responsibility of journalists to "document, validate, and refute" rumors and sensationalized issues spread by accounts like Jones's so "people can form their own opinions".
Dorsey took a thinly veiled swipe at Facebook and YouTube, which acted only after Apple removed Jones, by saying Twitter did not "simply react to outside pressure". The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.
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Earlier this week, Apple removed five of InfoWars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts apps. However, he tried to circumvent this ban by live streaming content on other platforms, leading the site to terminate his account permanently.
"Folks, there was some bad news recently for extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist and bath salts spokesmodel, Alex Jones", Stephen Colbert told The Late Show audience on Tuesday night. In a series of tweets, Dorsey explains that Twitter enforces its rules "impartially, regardless of political viewpoints".
"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars", Dorsey tweeted.
"We've been banned completely on Facebook, Apple and Spotify", Jones tweeted on Monday. "And if you make the fact we need an Internet Bill of Rights, and antitrust-busting on these companies, if they don't back off right now", Jones said.