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Facebook said it removed four pages belonging to Jones for repeatedly posting content in recent days that breaks community standards on hate speech, bullying and glorifying violence.

McAdams said: "There is no way at all that my Tweet violated the above rule". But it became a hot issue in the U.S. after companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter were accused of failing to stop alleged Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

Rather than banning people like Jones, Dorsey explained that journalists should work to refute unsubstantiated rumors, which will allow people to form their own opinions. And we think that you will also know it when you cross it.

Meanwhile on Wednesday 8 August, Alex Jones created a Periscope live stream on Twitter in reaction to Dorsey's comments.

As NPR's David Folkenflik noted, "The ideas that Jones shares are particularly noxious, the idea that Sandy Hook massacre of schoolchildren was a hoax, the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, and other things".

"Context matters when evaluating for abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions".

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The platform's rules have been updated a number of times, something which Twitter keeps track of. The trillion dollar company has removed five of the six podcasts produced by InfoWars, the conspiracy theory empire that Jones founded to spread misinformation.

In a statement, McAdams stated that he and Horton were suspended for defending the former US diplomat Peter Van Buren, who was also banned from the platform following an argument with a man allegedly funded by socialist billionaire George Soros.

A notable detractor is former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, who suggested it could lead to Twitter's demise. "Your platform does not operate in a vacuum", she said in a tweet directed at Dorsey. "I am literally being disappeared".

With a series of bans and content removal by major technology firms, Jones has complained that there is a coordinated "big tech" agenda to silence him. The social-media company may take action on the accounts if it finds content that violates its policies, according to the spokesperson. "We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday".

Jones has described the bans - and the timing of them - as "election meddling just three months before crucial mid-terms".

Social media giants have undertaken their most significant deplatforming move yet.


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