Facebook Finally Bans Alex Jones And InfoWars

06 August, 2018, 17:39 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • Infowars’ host Alex Jones

In a blog post Monday the social network said it removed four of Jones's pages for violating its community standards.

Apple has dropped episodes of a controversial podcast run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, following similar bans by Spotify, Facebook and YouTube.

The moves by Apple and Facebook are the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones's programs by online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content.

"Upon review, we have taken itdown for glorifying violence. and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", said Facebook.

"All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes", Facebook explained.

Now let's see how long this lasts. Jones and Infowars had a combined total of more than 2.5 million followers on Facebook across their pages.

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"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. That comes after Jones received at 30-day ban on his personal page.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TIME.

Some applauded the companies including Sleeping Giants, a lobbying group attempting to get big tech companies to remove hateful content. There are plenty of conservative & liberal podcasts that don't harass the parents of children killed at Sandy Hook or Las Vegas shooting victims. "I can confirm that Spotify has removed the "Alex Jones Show" - Infowars", a spokeswoman said.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes. "While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this", it said.

Some of Infowars notorious assertions have included claiming that 9/11 was perpetrated by "globalists" in the U.S. 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.

Facebook is not the only social platform to take steps against InfoWars.

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