Following the purge of Infowars by big tech companies earlier this week, the Infowars app has been trending: now, it's ranked No. 3 in the "News" category of Apple's App Store, behind Twitter and News Break and ahead of apps for news organizations including CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and BuzzFeed.
That the Infowars app has also thrived on Apple's and Google's app stores just days after the companies removed its content from other parts of their sites highlights the confusing nature of the tech companies' rules and their enforcement of them.
Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Google also indicated in a statement that the Infowars app had not violated its policies.
Dorsey said that when considering whether to remove extremist accounts from the site, he relies on reports from users who are experiencing or witnessing harassment and then considers the "context of everything that's happening around it".
Alex Jones is a controversial radio and podcast host based in Austin, Texas. Yes, journalists play an important role in countering voices like Jones' but Dorsey wants to ignore the role of the platform itself in allowing hate to fester and spread.
Jones is facing five defamation suits, as NPR's Bill Chappell and Anastasia Tsioulcas reported, majority centering on comments about school shootings: "He has been accused of knowingly spreading false information about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting this year, the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last year and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012".
He now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech. More recently, it has faced controversy over its handling of trolls, white supremacists and President Donald Trump.
It appears that the InfoWars app hasn't done anything to violate Apple's App Store review guidelines for developers-or it hasn't been caught doing so yet.
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. "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", Dorsey tweeted, drawing fierce responses to his Twitter feed.
Twitter has drawn public outcry for not removing Jones' account.
"They, like other platforms where consumers can post their views on any given topic, are struggling to reconcile their sense of themselves as a platform with the reality that they are more like media companies", Brian Wieser, senior analyst at Pivotal Research Group, tells Mobile Insider.
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