Twitter CEO Says "We Haven't Banned Alex Jones As He Hasn't Violated Our Rules"

In a week when any liberal-leaning tech giant CEO worth his salt has played "me-too" in their virtue-signaling to their cognoscenti by banning Alex Jones (and/or Infowars), Twitter's Jack Dorsey has - for now - stuck to merely 'shadowbanning' (or should we say "quality filtering") out the voice of the right.

Tonight Dorsey explained in a series of tweets and brief blog post:

"We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified."

Ironically, it is not the amplification of tweets that conservatives are worried about - it is the 'squelching' of that conversation, but do go on...

Some of which sounds reasonable - "If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that’s constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction. That’s not us" - until of course you remember the 'caught in the act' shadowbanning that remains in place.

And here are more details...

The Twitter Rules: A Living Document

Twitter is reflective of real conversations happening in the world and that sometimes includes perspectives that may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted. While we welcome everyone to express themselves on our service, we prohibit targeted behavior that harasses, threatens, or uses fear to silence the voices of others. We have the Twitter Rules in place to help ensure everyone feels safe expressing their beliefs and we strive to enforce them with uniform consistency.

Our policies and enforcement options evolve continuously to address emerging behaviors online and we sometimes come across instances where someone is reported for an incident that took place prior to that behavior being prohibited. In those instances, we will generally require the individual to delete the Tweet that violates the new rules but we won’t generally take other enforcement action against them (e.g. suspension). This is reflective of the fact that the Twitter Rules are a living document.  We continue to expand and update both them and our enforcement options to respond to the changing contours of online conversation. This is how we make Twitter better for everyone.

We are continually working to update, refine, and improve both our enforcement and our policies, informed by in-depth research around trends in online behavior both on and off Twitter, feedback from the people who use Twitter, and input from a number of external entities, including members of our Trust & Safety Council.  

A few examples of how our rules have changed:

  • In August 2013, we added a section explicitly prohibiting “targeted harassment” to the Twitter Rules under the “Abuse and Spam” category.

  • In December 2015, we added a separate “Abusive Behavior” section to the Twitter Rules.

  • In November 2016, we shared more details around hateful conduct and how we enforce policy violations.

  • Since then, we’ve updated the list of abusive behaviors we prohibit to include unwanted sexual advances, posting or sharing intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent, wishes or hopes of harm, and threats to expose or hack someone.

  • Last year we expanded hateful conduct and media policies to include abusive usernames and hateful imagery. We also updated rules around violence and physical harm to include the glorification of violence and violent extremist groups.

Similarly, our enforcement options have expanded significantly over the years. We originally had only one enforcement option: account suspension. Since then, we’ve added a range of enforcement actions and now have the ability to take action at the Tweet, Direct Message, and account levels. Additionally, we take measures to educate individuals that have violated our rules about the specific tweet(s) in violation and which policy has been violated. We also continue to improve the technology we use to prioritise reports that are most likely to violate our rules and last year we introduced smarter, more aggressive witness reporting to augment our approach.

Given the scale of Twitter, we will not always get it right. We believe we have to rely on a straight-forward principled approach and focus on the long term goal of understanding - not just in terms of the service itself - but in terms of the role we play in society and our wider responsibility to foster and better serve a healthy public conversation.

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We shall see just how much #boycottJack pressure, Dorsey gets after this - and just how long it will be before he 'bans' Alex Jones.

A quick glimpse at Twitter and it has started in anger...

We did find one supportive tweet that seemed to sum everything up perfectly...

Comments

nmewn ACP Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:35 Permalink

It's like a presidential announcement that Joe "Amtrac" Biden is going to oversee the dispersal of a trillion dollar debt bomb so no taxpayer waste, fraud and abuse transpires. 

And then Crazy Uncle Joe saying he fully expects 15% in waste, fraud and abuse will go undetected, I mean, at some point, we're talkin some real money here ;-)

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overbet nmewn Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:55 Permalink

bought some out of the money end of year twitter puts today. between Alex Jones thing and Trump tweeting about shadow banning could be regulation coming and if not even the prospect could be enough to spook the stock. Also shorted a little NYT at the close ahead of the earnings release bmo. 

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inosent B-Bond Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:05 Permalink

I've been shadow banned for at least a couple years now. By now, it is almost pointless to post anything meaningful anywhere online. ZH at least doesn't do that. At first you think, superficially, "well, I understand, my posts appear to be discriminatory, and maligning unfairly a particular group of ppl". But after a while, given the substance of my posts, that is not at all the case or the issue, because the facts of history should be allowed to speak for themselves, and the reasonable implications of the deleterious social, political and economic effects ought to be fairly weighed by all, because everyone is negatively impacted by the (((cabal))), given the nature of their own underlying 'philosophy' (kabbalah, talmud, et al), that they leveraged myths and preyed on gullible ppl who take them seriously to thus insinuate themselves, and having done so have steered the money and blood of nations to suit their own bizarre tribal agenda.

In other words, that is something very important to bring to everyone's attention. In the end, these (((tech giants))) became giants because they were chosen to become giants, with massive amounts of easy (((money))) flooded in their direction by (((those))) who we the people in 1913 ceded the control of our money system to. As a result, they are now being pruned of everything and anything that will in anyway be perceived as a threat to (((their))) existing and presently burgeoning world order.

So, they just code their sites to recognize key words/phrases, etc. - 'jew' being an obvious one - and make sure nobody sees the post. It's pretty easy to test that. Write a post that is indisputably factual and exposes the fraud of the jew, log out. Well, go to some other computer on a different network and visit that thread you posted to, and tell me if you see your post.

Now, as I have posted so many damning sorts of posts (the purpose of which is to get rid of the luciferian control of American media and govt policy, at the very least, tacitly and utterly unconstitutional), by now the bots just auto ban. Again, these (((giants))) are NOT interested in free speech, OMG no! They are interested in promoting their world view and agenda.

Part of that is to 'clean up' the (((internet))) so any and all voices to support the truth, the divorce from big govt, globalism, the disgusting tenets of political correctness, and all of that sort of thing, must be muted going into the November elections. And if that means in the R/D game getting rid of any posting that would support a 'R' party candidate, that is part of it as well.

It is because these ppl actually believe Hellary lost because of all those pesky 'conservative' ppl on line that must have been Russian agents posting their views on the (((tech giants web sites))).

They'll find out Americans of whatever political persuasion still see the demonic freak show for what it is. And if the vote makes a difference, the only way to express the rejection of the (((luciferian agenda))) is to vote for the 'R' party - en masse -, the twitter, youtube, google, facebook echo chambers notwithstanding.

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jin187 beemasters Wed, 08/08/2018 - 02:31 Permalink

Yeah, I don't see the allure of shitting in the liberals backyard, and daring them to do something about it.  Let them do what they want in their echo chambers.  I haven't heard a sentence worthy of praise, or even debate, come out of a liberal mouth in decades.  We won't be missing anything useful by simply pretending they don't exist.  Not to mention the added benefit of letting them think they're winning when 100% of Twatter supports whatever bullshit they want, only to have it lose 60-40 in the real election.

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LetThemEatRand nmewn Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:30 Permalink

He was trying to take the pussy way out.  Shadow ban, but not ban.  Don't admit to shadow banning, but kind of admit to something like it.  But he's going to lose his primary user base in the process of trying to be pseudo-neutral.  From what I've seen, most twitter users have strong opinions about everything.  It's not an important outlet for normal people.

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spiritofjeff LetThemEatRand Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:15 Permalink

His company was the beta test for censorship. They don't want this looking like total collusion, and it's a way to re-legitimize his company and make it seem like they can disagree, even though it's completely meaningless. Alex is banned from making podcasts and videos etc., but we live in a free country because he can still publish in 140 character format!

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Global Douche Zorba's idea Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:52 Permalink

1) Drive into Texas in any area with a very rural population and lax DPS enforcement.

2) On any 75 MPH Texas Farm to Market road, push 90+ mph in the countryside. It's too fast for many birds to dodge out of your way. I have images of this having happened. Some are of the yellow birds which screech at 4:30AM in the morning and I'm pleased to see some degree of culling in that regard. Bonus Points for any starlings killed.

3) If they strike your windshield, expect a brief but pretty shower of feathers, much like when Randy Johnson struck a dove with a strong pitch years ago. Yes, it's on YouTube.

In reply to by Zorba's idea

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NoDebt Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:52 Permalink

"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that’s constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction. That’s not us."

Yeah, but you're working on it, aren't you?  Your lib brothers and sisters (and the other 47 "genders") won't stop until you cave to their mob rule.  Stop trying to walk the line and do what you know you're going to have to do eventually.

 

 

 

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•• Adolfsteinbergovitch (above)

•• Sanctificado (above)

•• Free This (coming soon, in all his 7th grade glory - JACKASS  as new icon!)

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

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In reply to by Adolfsteinbergovitch

hooligan2009 Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:18 Permalink

i am not on twitter - not the chattering sparrow type.

are alex jones and infowars now up and running again?

were they "blacked" out on twitter for a while?

i am sure someone, somewhere wants to know.

is twitter going to float shares to pay a net one cent for every tweet that has more likes than hates?

Cabreado Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:19 Permalink

The opportunistic assholes like Dorsey et al are feeling the heat...

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

Keep going, real America...

Utopia Planitia venturen Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:36 Permalink

No, people who live in reality and have a modicum of sense simply need to stop using them. We don't need more govt regulations/controls supposedly attempting to soothe people's delicate feelings. If you keep walking in that direction in mere moments the entire InterWebs will be under govt. control.  Is that what you want? Just get off the social media apps and find something useful and interesting to do.  That's what I do - I have absolutely no interest in any of the social media apps.

It is blatantly obvious who the vast majority of users are.  They are not people you want to have anything to do with.

If you must use similar tools there are multiple choices available.

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