Ultimately the best solution for countering objections to the likes of Infowars - or anyone who "offends" - is for the larger social media community (all users) to append their responses and refutations to tweets (or Facebook posts, or YouTube videos) that they don't like or agree with. Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify have all banned Jones. 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.
Dorsey's explanation angered some of his employees, who demanded the CEO do more to regulate speech on the platform.
What Alex Jones was doing was causing real world harm.
"He hasn't violated our rules".
"We welcome everyone to express themselves on our service". He also linked to a blog post Tuesday by the company's vice-president for trust and safety, Del Harvey, outlining the company's 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.
Dorsey suggested that it's up to journalists to warn people about the false conspiracy theories spread by Jones - who is facing lawsuits over his assertions that the 2012 mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax - and others.
The Twitter founder and CEO said users still see the accounts they follow on their timeline but the social media platform may put some accounts farther down in users' timelines.
"Those who refuse to see this as the first step toward a more aggressive campaign of de-platforming conservatives are being obtuse", said Sonny Bunch, executive editor of the Washington Free Beacon, in an August 8 Washington Post op-ed. "I don't need a whiteboard or lizard people to connect the dots".
Twitter is already under scrutiny for censoring and suppressing conservatives on its platform.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, a fierce critic of Jones, echoed the sentiments of many mainstream conservatives on Monday when he argued that most tech companies were setting a risky precedent that would extend far beyond Jones himself. Following a backlash, Twitter reversed Owens' suspension, which it claimed was done in error. "Behaviors of bad faith actors who intend to manipulate the conversation". All four are members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Some journalists such as New York Times tech reporter Cecilia Kang were skeptical of that suggestion.
That same month, Twitter suspended conservative commentator Kathleen McKinley for two tweets: one that opposed clearing self-identified transgender persons for military duty and one that tied "extreme Muslim beliefs" - rather than mainstream Muslim beliefs - to the practice of honor killings.