Twitter’s position concerning Alex Jones was that their policies had evolved and that though they would not allow Jones to post deplorable content in the future, they would retroactively make him remove past materials unless people complained and brought such content to their attention.
So CNN Did just that:
Twitter’s vice president for trust and safety, Del Harvey, told employees in an email on Wednesday that if far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars had posted to Twitter the same content that led YouTube and Facebook to take action against Jones and InfoWars, Twitter would have done something too.
“It’s worth noting that at least some of the content Alex Jones published on other platforms (e.g., Facebook and YouTube) that led to them taking enforcement against him would have also violated our policies had he posted it on Twitter,” Harvey wrote. “Had he done so, we would have taken action against him as well.”
But a CNN review of Jones’ accounts show that all of the videos that initially led the other tech companies to take action against Jones were in fact posted to Twitter by Jones or InfoWars. All were still live on Twitter as of the time this article was published. CNN noted this in a request for comment from Twitter on Wednesday morning, before Harvey’s email was made public. The company declined to comment at the time.
Those videos were not the only content CNN found in its review of Jones’ and InfoWars’ Twitter accounts that suggest the social media platform’s statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars.
Content that appears to violate Twitter’s rules appears over and over again in the hundreds of hours of video available on the accounts that Jones and InfoWars maintain on Twitter and Periscope, a livestreaming video service that Twitter owns. Jones has repeatedly degraded individuals of the Muslim faith. He has attacked people on the basis of gender identity. And he has engaged in the harassment of individuals.
Good job CNN!
In response to this reporting, Twitter has removed the content identified by CNN.
The response from Alex Jones to this is almost comical.
CNN is trying to intimidate companies into wiping us off the Internet.
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Defend free speech! Don’t let bullies win.
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 10, 2018
Yes the guy who encouraged people to harass the grieving families of dead schoolchildren, and threatened to p[unch people in the face, and even shoot Robert Mueller, is now complaining that tech companies are bullying him.
Let’s all shed a tear for Alex Jones, shall we?