Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Twitter boss admits suggestion that journalists monitor site for misinformation was 'wrong'

Twitter boss admits suggestion that journalists monitor site for misinformation was 'wrong'

A Twitter spokesperson said that the company concluded that of the more than a dozen tweets included in CNN's Thursday report, seven were found to have violated Twitter's rules.

After a CNN inquiry found ten tweets from Alex Jones' accounts that it felt should've qualified as breaking Twitter's rules, the service admitted late Friday that it agreed on seven of them.

After weeks of struggling to answer questions about whether or not Alex Jones and InfoWars should be allowed to remain on Facebook, the company caught some onlookers by surprise when it announced early Monday morning that it had "unpublished" pages belonging to Alex Jones and InfoWars.

Before the story published, Del Harvey, Twitter vice president for trust and safety, wrote in an email to employees that if any content like what got Jones banned elsewhere had appeared on Twitter, it would result in his suspension on their site as well. He had vowed, "We'll enforce if he does". After that report went live, the accounts deleted them. Some recent tweets did violate current rules.

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With provocative right-wing talk-show host Alex Jones getting his content removed from YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, and iTunes this week, Twitter was the only major social-media site that kept Jones and his Infowars musings intact.

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 said on his program Friday that he had instructed his staff to do so and "take the super high road", though he contested whether the tweets violated any Twitter rules. Jones has repeatedly degraded individuals of the Muslim faith.

Among the tweets, CNN discovered were Sandy Hook conspiracy theories and tweets attacking Parkland shooting survivors. Plenty of people have pointed out Jones' vile behavior long before even other sites started removing his content. They should now reconsider the reasons why they're keeping the bigoted and hateful content from Jones and InfoWars on their platform and carefully ponder what their next moves should be.

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