Dorsey's announcement after Apple, Facebook and YouTube earlier this week removed some content from Jones and InfoWars. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey tweeted that his platform wouldn't join other social networks in banning parts or all of Mr. Jones's controversial content.
Dorsey said Twitter did not want to take "one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories". Dorsey suggested that although "accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors", it is the responsibility of journalists to validate his claims "so people can form their own opinions". Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.
Jones is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast and his platform, Infowars - founded in 1999 - producers another five podcasts. A message Tuesday afternoon from Twitter Safety stated that "tweets from Alex Jones and InfoWars are not now in violation of our Rules".
However, it appears that the increasing ostracisation of Jones from tech platforms has led to a surge in downloads of the Infowars app.
The four pages, the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page, have been "unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes". The conspiracy theorist faces several defamation lawsuits arising from his claim that the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.
In a tweet Tuesday, WikiLeaks called out the unanimous ban of Jones' program as a suspicious move from the Silicon Valley giants.
But Dorsey admitted the platform has been "terrible" at explaining why certain people are banned.
Dorsey admitted that Twitter has done a bad job of explaining their reasoning in the past but said the company was working on effectively improving communication with the general public. "While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our service, we prohibit targeted behaviour that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others".