Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

InfoWars rockets up in Apple's App Store

InfoWars rockets up in Apple's App Store

InfoWars is notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues.

Jones, a noted conspiracy theorist, has seen his professional pages and podcast unpublished and/or removed from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple. Those platforms cited hate speech content violations from Jones - that include, among other things, a conspiracy theory that says the 2012 Sandy Hook school attack was faked. It's on everyone else.

"This is what serves the public conversation best", he added.

Dorsey said it was the responsibility of journalists to police accounts such as Jones' for accuracy and fairness.

"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", YouTube said in a statement to media. The boost was likely caused by increased downloads given the news Monday that InfoWars was banned from several tech platforms.

As of this writing, InfoWars is now the fourth most popular free app on the Apple App Store, beating CNN, the New York Times, Google News, HuffPost, and dozens of other mainstream news outlets.

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"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey wrote on Twitter.

Dorsey directed readers towards an article further explaining Twitter's rules.

That may actually win it some support from liberals who detest Alex Jones but worry about the power of Google and Facebook to decide what is allowed on the internet.

The backlash seems to have a partisan tint, coming amid speculation that Silicon Valley's transparent user policies are being applied in a way that is biased against conservative voices on their platforms.

A former communications director for Twitter, Emily Horne, responded directly to Dorsey on Twitter, disagreeing with the decision not to ban Jones and faulting the company's CEO for appearing to blame the outcry against Twitter on "communications".

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

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