Facebook Removes 4 Pages From InfoWars and Alex Jones

The Alex Jones Channel is InfoWars most subscribed on YouTube.                  Screenshot Joan E. Solsman  CNET

The Alex Jones Channel is InfoWars most subscribed on YouTube. Screenshot Joan E. Solsman CNET

"All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes", Facebook said in a blog post on Monday. Facebook said the pages were taken 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".

Following Apple's removal of five Alex Jones/Infowars podcasts, Spotify following suit and Facebook removing four Infowars pages from the site, YouTube also appears to have now fully kicked him off its platform.

Apple deleted most Infowars podcasts and a spokeswoman said in a statement that the company "does not tolerate hate speech" and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.

Technology companies Apple and Facebook have deleted content belonging to USA far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms, alleging hate speech, glorified violence and other violations of policies.

YouTube said in a statement that when users violate its policies against hate speech and harassment, "we terminate their accounts".

The InfoWars founder is infamous for peddling far-right conspiracy theories, including his promotion of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as being a false flag attack perpetrated by the government. Jones is infamous for his conspiracy theories, and you can be sure that anyone who religiously garners information from InfoWars must be filled with hatred towards a particular race, religion, or sex.

The development comes amid a crackdown on the broadcaster's material by online platforms - like Facebook - which have removed some of his content. Stitcher, the podcast application, removed Jones' podcasts on Friday, per Billboard.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple confirmed it had also removed Jones' podcast for violating its guidelines on hate speech.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience, with his website and radio show.

In response, Jones tweeted on Monday that he's considering filing a lawsuit against the companies over the alleged censorship.

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars was available for additional comment.

Facebook and YouTube are trying to set boundaries on their platforms without overstepping into the stifling of political discourse.

Monday marks exactly three months before the November 6 midterm elections - timing that had Jones and Infowars crying foul.

He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

"Every attempt to ban or censor Infowars has resulted in it only growing bigger. InfoWars commentator Paul Joseph Watson has another 1.3 million YouTube subscribers, while other InfoWars accounts have a combined 423,000 subscribers".

"While the nation recoiled at the awful reality of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Alex Jones saw an opportunity", said attorney Josh Koskoff, who is representing the families.

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