Facebook bans Alex Jones for 30 days

30 July, 2018, 10:16 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Alex Jones speaks near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio July 2016

Facebook has suspended InfoWars founder Alex Jones from the social media site for 30 days for violating Facebook's policies against bullying and hate speech.

After some confusion earlier today, Facebook clarified that Jones had personally received a warning previously, and thus earned the punitive 30-day block for the four Community Rules-violating videos he uploaded.

On Thursday, Fox News Tucker Carlson defended Alex Jones by somehow drawing a connection between the Infowars conspiracy theorist and his former employee at the Daily Caller, now-CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins. Other people are notified that he is banned, the company said.

One of the removed videos shows a man shoving a child on the ground to "prevent liberalism", while another discusses drag queens in a crude fashion and suggests they are child sexual predators. The spokesperson said the company made a mistake when it initially reviewed the video and corrected it upon reviewing the content again.

Content removals count as "strikes" against individual pages on Facebook.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson (left) defends InfoWars' Alex Jones after Facebook suspends Jones for "bullying" and "hate speech".

Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days

Infowars did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

The social media platform also revealed that multiple pages managed by Jones are on the verge of being unpublished. Jones received another strike on YouTube this week for violating community guidelines in four videos, which have since been taken down.

InfoWars is an organization notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues, including suggesting that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the USA government.

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".

As well as taking down the videos, the InfoWars YouTube channel has been hit by a penalty known as a "community strike", which stops it broadcasting live for 90 days.

This month, at a press event in NY about Facebook's efforts to combat misinformation and false news, a reporter from CNN questioned company executives about why Infowars was still allowed to have a Facebook account. Several days later, two parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting wrote an open letter to Zuckerberg, criticizing him for allowing Jones and his followers to use Facebook to harass and intimidate the families of victims. Upon re-review, Facebook chose to take down the video for its violation. Later, the company said it would remove, rather than down-rank, misinformation that could lead to physical violence.



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