Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
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Facebook bans Alex Jones and InfoWars pages

Facebook bans Alex Jones and InfoWars pages

Facebook's decision comes shortly after Apple removed a number of InfoWars podcasts from its podcast directory.

"Upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", the statement said in part.

Infowars did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The decision to completely pull the other shows, including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room", represents a broader effort than those made by other companies in recent days to stop disseminating material associated with Jones, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America". At the same time, Facebook has been criticized by conservatives for what they perceive as a liberal bias against conservative outlets.

Rather, today's bans were due to violations of its community standards policies and its "strike system."For people, including Page admins, the effects of a strike vary depending on the severity of the violation and a person's history on Facebook", it wrote".

InfoWars Editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson said in a tweet that the account has been "permanently banned" for "unspecified" hate speech.

Jones remains on YouTube, where he has almost 2.5 million subscribers. It also suspended the personal profile of Jones.


The company said that when it deletes content, the removal counts as a strike against the person that uploaded it. YouTube took down four videos from the Infowars channel, which was also slapped with a 90-day suspension from live-streaming. However, Facebook said that wasn't why it banned InfoWars and Jones.

Some of Infowars notorious assertions have included claiming that 9/11 was perpetrated by "globalists" in the USA government; that the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax; and that David Hogg, one of the students who survived the February 2018 shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida, was a paid actor. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.

Spotify had also recently come under pressure for hosting Jones' podcasts.

In addition, over the weekend, Spotify removed all episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" from its service after initially pulling just four segments last week.

"Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users", an Apple spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, which first reported the removal.

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