A statement released Tuesday said that since 2013, the company has explicitly banned "targeted harassment", elaborated on how it enforces violations of its policies on hateful conduct and beefed up its rules on sharing intimate photos of someone without their consent, among other changes.
With this Twitter has become one of the few social media platforms where the conspiracy theorist, who sparked a row earlier this year for calling the victims of the Parkland shooting in Florida as "crisis actors", is still allowed to share content.
Infowars broke the app stores top 10 in the news category on Tuesday, edging out CNN, Fox News and The New York Times apps.
Just days ago the outlet, which has previously called for drag queens to be burned alive, was banned from Facebook for violating hate speech rules. Days after Apple, Spotify, Youtube et al turned their backs on the conspiracy theorist, the app's U.S. popularity manifestly increased, coming in as the fourth most popular news app in Apple's App Store, and eleventh on the Google Play Store.
Dorsey said he wanted Twitter to avoid succumbing to outside pressure but instead impartially enforce straightforward principles "regardless of political viewpoints". But Apple's decision is much more comprehensive than Spotify's and will likely harm Jones's bottom line. "We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday". "This is what serves the public conversation best". "The decision was made because the conspiracy theories and vitriol that populated Jones's videos violated the tech companies" community standards.
Technology companies have been under pressure to ban Jones for promoting misinformation, including claims the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government and stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job". In a defamation suit filed in Connecticut Superior Court in late May, the families said Jones promotes conspiracies to drive traffic to his website and subsequently sell products to his followers.