CNN’s senior media reporter, Oliver Darcy, is questioning why Twitter still allows right-wing commentator Alex Jones to have a voice on its platform.
On Thursday, Darcy began tweeting about some of the content that Alex Jones has put up on Twitter. You can read his thread here:
Twitter said it would have taken action against Alex Jones/InfoWars had the content that got them in trouble w/Facebook & YouTube been posted on Twitter.
But all of the content that initially led to YouTube/FB taking action is, in fact, posted to Twitterhttps://t.co/WpEZsLjr0i
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 9, 2018
Darcy also wrote a short post explaining his position. You can read that article here.
Darcy’s point is pretty simple, really. As of now, Twitter is the only major platform that still allows Alex Jones to publish. Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify have all banned Jones. You can read more about those bans here.
But Twitter still allows Alex Jones and Infowars to put up content. Why?
In an interview with Sean Hannity, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, talked about the importance of balancing free speech with protections against “bad actors”. Dorsey explained that Twitter places tremendous importance on allowing free speech — and, he said, “We do not shadow ban according to political ideology, viewpoint, or content. We take behaviors as signals. And these signals evolve minute by minute. These are not scarlet letters. These are models that are looking at behaviors. Behaviors of bad faith actors who intend to manipulate the conversation.” You can hear Dorsey’s full interview here.
CNN Contacted Twitter to Complain About Some of the Infowars Content on the Site
On Wednesday, Oliver Darcy contacted Twitter to let them know that “content that prompted other tech companies to take action against InfoWars/Jones was on Twitter.” Darcy didn’t ask Twitter to ban Alex Jones, in so many words. But Darcy appears to be pointing to what he sees as an inconsistency in Twitter’s behavior.
On Wednesday, Twitter’s Vice President for Trust and Safety, Del Harvey, sent out a message to staff explaining the company’s position on free speech and Infowars. You can read that message in full, here. Harvey says that Twitter hasn’t banned Infowars because they haven’t posted the same kind of offensive content on Twitter as they have on, say, Facebook. And Harvey says that if Infowars posted that kind of content, they would be banned.
Now, CNN and Darcy are highlighting the fact that, in their view, Infowars has posted the very same content to Twitter as they have to Facebook.
Source:: Heavy.com – Politics