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WATCH As Alex Jones Yells at WH While Trump Meets With Twitter CEO

President Donald Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the treatment of conservative users on the social media site.

Outside of the White House, however, a prominent yet controversial far-right voice who was banned from the site for his extreme and hateful viewpoints was voicing his own complaints.

Alex Jones, who runs the site InfoWars.com, was banned from Twitter last year, along with several other social media sites, for his hateful tweets and disturbing content, according to reporting from NPR.

Twitter was one of the last prominent social media sites to permanently ban the firebrand, who has frequently suggested the Sandy Hook shooting massacre and other incidents of mass shootings were faked by the government to justify stripping Americans of their gun rights. Other sites, including Apple, YouTube, and Facebook, had instituted similar bans against Jones prior to Twitter doing so in September of last year.

On Tuesday, Jones could be seen marching around the outside of the White House property, shouting “Infowars.com!” several times into a megaphone. He also urged the president to stand up to Twitter during their meeting, per reporting from Raw Story, arguing that his free speech rights were violated due to the ban.

It seems that Jones may have a sympathetic ear in the White House, as Trump himself tweeted out criticisms of Twitter on Tuesday morning before his meeting with Dorsey.

The president said he believes the social media site is placing undue burdens against conservative users that are part of the site. Trump also alleged that Twitter was “constantly taking people” off of his followers list, a charge that he didn’t back up on Tuesday with any evidence.

During the meeting with Dorsey, per an aide who was familiar with the talks, the Twitter CEO had to explain to Trump that the losses in his follower totals were due to the site taking actions against bots, users the site has deemed are fake and/or problematic, according to reporting from The Daily Beast.

Everyone’s follower count suffers from the removal of such bots, Dorsey tried to explain to Trump per the source, including Dorsey himself.

Trump later tweeted about the meeting, describing it as a positive experience.

According to Twitter’s hateful conduct policy, users “may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

“We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories,” the site adds, per its own policy page.



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