Facebook bans Alex Jones, as big tech turns on the conspiracy theorist

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2018

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Jones, who faces lawsuits for claiming the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax and the grieving parents were "crisis actors", insisted Monday that he was the victim of "communist censorship".

The move comes shortly after Apple and Spotify took down Jones' podcasts.

Facebook has also suspended Jones' account for 30 days because he repeatedly violated the company's community standards against hate speech that "attacks or dehumanizes others", it said in a statement Monday. He did, however, post a message praising Knight, whose show was left untouched by Apple, for opposing "politically correct social media rules" that Jones suggested were to blame for the dismissal of individuals after the discovery of disreputable online behavior. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TIME.

Youtube has clearly stated that Alex Jones has violated their terms of service by spewing hate speech and harassing others, often by name.

Early Monday, Spotify hardened its stance against Jones.

Facebook isn't alone in pulling content from Jones and Infowars.

The moves from Apple and Facebook come on the heels of a number of other clampdowns on content created by Jones and InfoWars.

YouTube said in a statement that when users violate its policies against hate speech and harassment, "we terminate their accounts".

Twitter is in an extremely awkward position as the lone large social media company that still hosts Alex Jones.

Major tech platforms have incrementally been pushing content from controversial broadcaster Alex Jones, founder of the conspiracy-peddling site Infowars, off of their services. Jones and his associated accounts aren't now in violation of Twitter's rules, Twitter said in a statement to USA TODAY. "It's not just a slippery slope, it's a unsafe cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets". A Spotify spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the company's hate content policy prohibits anything that "expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics".

Paul Joseph Watson, who wrote about the removal on InfoWars, also called it part of a "culture war" in a tweet on Monday morning.

Facebook announced Monday that it has removed four pages of USA conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for violation of its policy that bans extremist behaviors including hate speech.

The host is now being sued by the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed at Sandy Hook after they were harassed by Jones' followers and forced to move several times for fear of their lives.

"Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" podcast for violating our hate content policy", the spokesperson said. "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", the company said in a statement to The Post.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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