Twitter explains why it isn't banning Alex Jones from the platform

To which New York Times technology reporter Cecilia Kang replied, "What is it that you think journalists do?"

Dorsey also appeared to reference the decisions by other big tech firms in recent days to shut down Jones and Infowars.

Meanwhile on Wednesday 8 August, Alex Jones created a Periscope live stream on Twitter in reaction to Dorsey's comments. Information posted by InfoWars is often not published on Twitter and replies to InfoWar tweets typically include people challenging the assertions, the spokesperson also noted.

He is now being sued by the parents of the children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, having claimed the attack was a hoax.

Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the USA government was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

For example, Jones' podcasts including Infowars, The Alex Jones Show, and War Room have been removed from iTunes, according to the Inquisitr.

A notable detractor is the former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, who suggested it could lead to Twitter's demise.

Dorsey took to the platform he founded to tweet out his response to critics. "I am literally being disappeared". He did this only after learning of Apple's decision, Byers said, explaining why Facebook announced its decision at 3 a.m. PT. YouTube and Spotify reacted similarly. Additionally, Facebook said that Jones was removed because of "repeated violations of the platform's content policies".

Colbert then brought back a Jones-like character called Tuck Buckford that he debuted earlier this year to parody Jones and InfoWars.

The internet tycoon said Twitter will take action if Jones does break their content policy, but that in the meantime, "we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified".

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

"News outlets and social media platforms are finally waking up to the critical difference between those who foster a marketplace of freely exchanged ideas and those that peddle false facts to make money off the suffering of others", said Josh Koskoff, an attorney representing several Sandy Hook families.

  • Joey Payne