Many social media companies have come under scrutiny this week for allegedly targeting prominent conservatives on their platforms. Twitter has been accused of deleting tweets, temporally suspending accounts and shadow-banning conservatives. This, of course, raises the question of who can regulate the information being presented on these platforms.
Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past, we’re fixing that
The conservative political personality, Alex Jones, has stirred up quite the controversy on the Twitter platform with many calling for his account to be removed because of his supposed peddling of fake news and hate speech. The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, sat down with Sean Hannity on his radio show to defend his company’s decision to not take down his social media account. He recently tweeted “Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past, we’re fixing that. We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories.”
We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.
— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018
During his interview with Hannity, he explained the company’s platform policy on free speech, hate speech, shadow-banning, and strategies to improve the overall public trust in Twitter going forward.
Listen to Sean Hannity’s entire interview with Jack Dorsey below: