Twitter is rethinking core elements of its flawed platform

Jack Dorsey

Dorsey told the Washington Post in a separate interview that Twitter was looking at a broader review of how it handles misinformation and abusive conduct on the platform, possibly including the labelling of automated accounts or "bots".

Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who's used the tech services to spread false information.

"I think some of the actions have been, in my own personal view, a little bit inconsistent", Dorsey said in a wide-ranging discussion.

The executive told the Post that Twitter hasn't reconsidered its core incentives, created to keep users engaged and interactive, in the dozen years of its existence. Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser says the funds will help the company expand beyond the individual healthcare exchanges and small employer markets and into the Medicare Advantage market that cares for people 65 and older. Twitter says Jones' account had been restricted because of a tweet linking to a video that was in violation of the platform's rules.

Later Wednesday, Twitter put the Infowars account on the same seven-day timeout as Jones, apparently for posting the same video.

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Last week, as most of the major social networks removed at least some of Jones' content from their platforms, saying he had violated policies prohibiting hate speech, Twitter made a decision to let Jones carry on tweeting.

The Infowars account repeated the same content that Jones had posted on Tuesday night and the company took a similar action on Wednesday, the spokesman said.

The video is no longer available on Twitter or Periscope, where Jones posted it. "So, people need to have their battle rifles and everything ready at their bedsides and you got to be ready because the media is so disciplined in their deception".

Apple, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube have all banned Jones on the grounds that he engages in hate speech.

"I feel any suspension, whether it be a permanent or a temporary one, makes someone think about their actions and their behaviors", Dorsey added. Along with other social media companies, it is now grappling with how to enforce sometimes vague rules without appearing partisan and while leaning toward promoting, rather than curbing, free speech.

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