This was less than an hour after CNN reported that more than a dozen tweets and videos on Jones' and InfoWars'Twitter accounts were in violation of Twitter's content policy. When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts. "And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified", Dorsey said in a series of tweets on Tuesday.
A Twitter spokesperson informed CNN that it was not the doing of the company, suggesting it was either Jones or someone with the ability to log into his account.
Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Wednesday the social media site does not shadow-ban users but he did say Twitter's analytics reduce the visibility of certain users on an evolving basis. "Truth is we've been awful at explaining our decisions in the past. We also look, in those particular cases, at off-platform behavior as well", he said.
"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", he added. The fringe broadcaster has used social media to push conspiracy theories, including that the Sandy Hook massacre was faked, as well as hateful and false comments toward immigrants, transgender people and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the U.S. government. (In fact, the terms of service for Infowars.com itself includes such a provision.) It's also worth noting that the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment does not protect defamatory speech or incitements to violence.
Dorsey's comments came the day after he announced that he would not take down Jones' personal account or his Infowars account ― even though almost every other major social media platform did so in recent days.
Many conservatives raised eyebrows at the rapid succession of the bans, speculating they were part of a coordinated campaign.