Stephen Colbert Obliterates Alex Jones With His Rant Impression

Alex Jones and the rise of corporate censorship

Democrat Senator Chris Murphy clashed online with Donald Trump Jr over whether the controversial ban of Alex Jones from social media has signaled a rise of corporate political censorship in the US. We know that's hard for many but the reason is simple: "he hasn't violated our rules", Dorsey explained. He may have escaped a ban for not violating Twitter's policies, but Dorsey says: "we'll enforce if he does".

Instead Dorsey is calling on journalists to investigate and refute the more outlandish claims propagated by Jones, including a wild theory that a 2012 USA high school shooting in which 26 people were killed was an elaborate hoax.

"It's critical journalists document, validate and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions", Dorsey wrote. "This is what serves the public conversation best", he said.

Pinterest also removed the InfoWars account. Facebook, YouTube, iTunes and Spotify have removed Alex Jones' InfoWars content completely as part of their crackdown on so-called fake news and hate speech. And Spotify said, "The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform". Jones was sued for defamation in three separate lawsuits by families who had children die in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2011, a shooting that Jones repeatedly said didn't actually happen. He said he wanted Twitter to avoid taking "one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term".

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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the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page, have been "unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes".

As BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel pointed out, Jones does use Twitter differently from the way he uses other social-media sites, posting less inflammatory content.

Dorsey's decision has not gone down well with some, however, with Reddit's former CEO suggesting it could lead to Twitter's demise.

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, issued a similar statement, saying Jones' accounts had violated its "policies against hate speech and harassment", but Jones claimed his statements are protected by free speech. But Twitter has always allowed extreme figures to operate with impunity on its site, including thousands of neo-Nazis who use the site to harass Jewish people, people of color, women, and pretty much anyone else who isn't a straight, white man.

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