Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Facebook Joins YouTube in Suspending Infowars' Alex Jones for Hate Speech

Facebook Joins YouTube in Suspending Infowars' Alex Jones for Hate Speech

Infowars posted a statement on its website saying that YouTube had slapped the Jones channel with a "community strike", barring him from broadcasting live on its platform for 90 days. Only after YouTube took down Jones' videos two days ago did Facebook revisit this content and declare its earlier decision mistaken.

During Thursday's "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Carlson defended Jones from Facebook's suspension and invoked the story of the White House banning CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from covering a Wednesday event at the White House.

YouTube has given Jones' channel multiple strikes before-after three strikes, the site will ban a user permanently-but after three months, a strike expires.

The company received a number of reports related to four different videos on Jones" page, as well as his more popular page "Infowars'.

Infowars has been under pressure for the last few days due to a combination of content removal on YouTube, strikes for hate speech policy violations, and a freeze on their Facebook account.

Facebook had left the videos up on the grounds that they weren't false enough or threatening enough to violate its community standards.

"Our community standards make it clear that we prohibit content that encourages physical harm (bullying), or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity (hate speech)", Facebook said. Livestreams were being hosted Thursday afternoon by Ron Gibson, who describes his channel as part of Alex Jones' Free Speech Systems network. Surprisingly, this is the first warning for the Infowars page.

However, Jones' recent video in which he attacks Special Counsel Robert Mueller and mimes shooting him remains up on Facebook. While that video didn't prompt Facebook to action, apparently bringing up the controversy did. This means he won't be able to post content to any pages that he's "page admin" for.

Wrote Mashable: "While Jones didn't receive an out-and-out ban this time, he's certainly treading on thin ice as far as Facebook's concerned".

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