- Jack Dorsey has doubled down on his criticism of Facebook and YouTube for removing the Infowars host Alex Jones.
- In a new interview with NBC News, the Twitter CEO said his peers had been “inconsistent” in their handling of Jones.
- He defended Jones’ right to keep tweeting, despite Twitter freezing the conspiracy theorist’s account for seven days earlier this week.
- Dorsey did say, however, that he was uncomfortable with being praised by Jones for keeping him on Twitter.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has doubled down on his criticism of Facebook and YouTube while defending his handling of the Infowars host Alex Jones.
Without naming names, Dorsey called out the likes of Facebook and YouTube last week after they followed Apple in barring Jones from their platforms.
And now, in a new interview with the NBC News host Lester Holt, Dorsey said some of his peers had been inconsistent in the way they dealt with the conspiracy theorist.
“I think some of the actions have been, in my own personal view, a little bit inconsistent,” Dorsey said in a wide-ranging discussion.
EXCLUSIVE: Twitter CEO @jack Dorsey addresses the company’s decision to give Alex Jones, the controversial conspiracy theorist and radio host, a “timeout,” removing his ability to tweet for seven days.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 15, 2018
Last week, as most of the major social networks removed at least some of Jones’ content from their platforms, saying he had violated policies prohibiting hate speech, Twitter decided to let Jones carry on tweeting. That changed this week, when the company froze the Infowars host’s personal account for seven days after he linked to a Periscope video in which he told viewers to get “battle rifles” ready against the media.
Holt said the words “sent a chill up my spine.” Dorsey agreed and said the company suspended Jones over incitement of violence. He explained that suspensions had proved effective in the past.
“I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviours,” Dorsey added. “I don’t assume everyone will change their actions. Enforcement gets tougher with further reported violations.”
Dorsey also told Holt that he was uncomfortable with being praised by Jones for keeping him on Twitter. “It’s not something I was expecting or need,” he said, adding: “I don’t agree with the actions that are employed and the behaviours that are employed.”
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