Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Last week, the company removed four videos on four Jones- and Infowars-related Facebook pages for violating its hate speech and bullying policies.

In a Monday blog post on Infowars.com, editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson claimed the ban from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple "was a coordinated effort and has nothing to do with these platforms enforcing "hate speech" rules".

As of today, Apple has removed Jones' podcast from its platform, saying in a statement: "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".

"When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", a YouTube spokesperson told NPR.

Mr Jones has been widely criticised for repeating conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks in NY were staged by the USA government. After an unspecified number of violations, an account could be suspended and a page could be unpublished, which is what happened to Mr. Jones' and some of his pages.

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Apple pointed Business Insider to the statement it provided BuzzFeed, in which it said that it notified Jones of its plans to pull the podcasts under its hate speech guidelines.

Nearly all of the notorious alt-right figurehead Alex Jones's videos have been removed by Apple, an executive told Buzzfeed.

Not long after Facebook's move, YouTube said that it, too, had taken action. Those taken down include War Room and The Alex Jones Show daily podcast.

The lawsuits name Jones and his associated companies including Infowars, as well as another reporter for Infowars. All four companies stated that Jones' inflammatory statements about Muslims, immigrants, members of the LGBT community, and other groups violated their terms of service. Facebook has been under fire recently for not banning Jones, but as recently as July 12 it tweeted that it sees pages "on both the left and right pumping out what they consider opinion or analysis - but others call fake news". Families of the victims, now suing Jones and his media company, contend his message has led to a constant stream of threats.

The cumulative actions by the tech companies was hailed by Infowars' detractors with one person hailing "a little courage shown by our tech titans".

Monday marks exactly three months before the November 6 midterm elections - timing that had Jones and Infowars crying foul. Last month, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg attempted to defend permitting Infowars on his site, claiming he was protecting free speech, but his comments simply stoked more controversy.

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