Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey weighed in on the Alex Jones controversy, overruling a decision by his staff to ban the right-wing conspiracy theorist, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Dorsey weighs in on the most high-profile cases, people described as familiar with the matter told the Journal. He instructed his employees to let Richard Spencer keep one of his Twitter accounts after trust and safety team kicked the alt-right provocateur off the platform in 2016, the newspaper reported. Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment but told the Journal that the report was “totally false.” The social network gave the Inforwars founder and host a weeklong time-out last month after finding the content of some of his tweets violated Twitter policy. Jones has been widely criticized for promoting untrue, virulent hypotheses about tragic events, like the 2001 terrorist attacks on World Trade Center in New York that killed nearly 3,000 people and the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 26 students and staff. Twitter initially resisted calls to remove Infowars content. Dorsey even appeared on conservative commentator Sean Hannity’s radio show before the suspension to argue that InfoWars hadn’t violated Twitter’s rules. “We’ll enforce if he does,” Dorsey said at the time. “And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.” Eventually, Twitter ended up deleting some of Jones’ and Infowars’ posts. The topic of who makes decisions regarding what content and which users are allowed to… [Read full story]
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