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Twitter refuses to ban InfoWars

The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey says it will not ban InfoWars or its founder Alex Jones because their accounts do not violate the social media platform’s rules.

A number of tech giants, including YouTube and Facebook, deleted the right-wing conspiracy theorist’s content this week, citing hate speech.

Mr Jones has accused the platforms of unfair censorship of his accounts.

The radio host is best known for spreading unsubstantiated allegations about tragic events, including 9/11.

He is currently being sued for defamation by the parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which he has repeatedly claimed was a “giant hoax”. Twenty children under the age of seven and six adults died in the attack.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey explained the platform’s decision, confirming it would not be following in the footsteps of others like Apple and Spotify and removing Mr Jones’ and InfoWars’ content.

Mr Dorsey said the accounts had not violated the platform’s rules, but vowed to suspend them if they ever did so.

In his explanation, Mr Dorsey said it would be wrong to “succumb and simply react to outside pressure” instead of sticking to the company’s codified principles.

He also implied one-off actions risked fuelling new conspiracy theories in the long-run, and said it was critical for journalists to “document, validate and refute” unsubstantiated rumours like the ones spread by Mr Jones “so people can form their own opinions”.

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