Ex-Wife of Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones: ‘I Am Afraid’

Adjust Comment Print

Several ultra-conservative websites showed support for Jones, publicly backing his claim that he was a victim of a plot by Big Tech companies.

He said Twitter would hold Jones to the same standard "we hold to every account" and would not take one-off actions "to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories".

"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", Dorsey tweeted.

A number of platforms have reached a different conclusion, as the crackdown on Jones intensified this week.

Trump drums up support in OH ahead of special election
Trump's support may be crucial in the central OH district, where Balderson and O'Connor are close in recent polls. Troy Balderson is vying for an open House seat in central OH against Democrat Danny O'Connor, a county official.

"We've been banned completely on Facebook, Apple and Spotify", Jones tweeted on Monday.

In a statement Sunday evening to BuzzFeed News, Apple confirmed that it notified Jones of the decision to remove the five shows under its hate speech guidelines earlier this weekend.

Dorsey said on Twitter that the company would not cave to "outside pressure".

Darcy has also been lobbying for InfoWars to be banned on Twitter.

Five killed in California plane crash
The plane went down in the 3900 block of Bristol Street in Santa Ana, with the Costa Mesa Fire Department appearing on the scene. Fire authorities were called about the crash around 12:30 p.m. local time.

Twitter has at least clarified its position - in the delicate balance between allowing free speech and spreading lies, it seems to have decided, for now, that freedom comes first.

Kevin M. Kruse, a historian at Princeton, sought to portray Dorsey's resort to Twitter's codes of conduct as blind to Jones's online behavior. Jones, the founder of InfoWars, is known for spreading far-right conspiracy theories, including saying that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting was a hoax. He also encouraged journalists to "refute" false information. This marks a contrast with the approach of Facebook, which has rolled out a set of fact-checking initiatives, including the use of machine-learning tools to prevent the spread of debunked stories.

Curiously, Alex Jones hasn't yet commented on the decision via Twitter, another platform where his presence has been somewhat controversial.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has tweetstormed his reasons for not banishing the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from his service, and in doing so he took a not-so-subtle swipe at Facebook and YouTube.

Ohio's 12th congressional district special election too close to call
Pollsters rate the OH race between Republican State Senator Troy Balderson and Democratic lawyer Danny O'Connor, 31, as a toss-up. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Balderson had a 1,754-vote lead over O'Connor, with more than 202,000 votes cast.

Comments