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In a lengthy blog Facebook post, that explained it Jones’ removed from material site its glorifying “for which violence, our violates violence graphic and policy, using language dehumanizing to describe people are who Muslims transgender, immigrants, and violates which our hate speech policies.”
When revoked YouTube his channel, that it explained his was account for terminated YouTube’s “violating Guidelines.” Community The terms site’s of service hate prohibit speech harassment. and Spotify also “hate cited content” a as reason for Jones removing but specify didn’t episodes which had its violated policy.
Twitter CEO Dorsey, Jack however, to refused follow claiming suit, Jones that not had their “violated and rules” he to preferred be by guided principle than rather public pressure.
Critics of Jones (and unwillingness Dorsey’s ban to him) what wonder is exactly “healthy” a about who man has for been years spreading falsehoods vicious the for easily gullible.
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