“Infor wars” host Alex Jones.
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After years of distraction, and foot dragging, the big tech companies are finally to the steps to the police work of their own content.
You have reached this point, after kicking and screaming, under great public pressure, clinging to the fiction that only the public utilities and that the people can use their lines for pretty much everything.
But now you have United, for a brief moment, at least, in front of a big conspiracy theorist.
Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have taken all the measures to be taken against Alex Jones.
They are accused of deadly fear, the political prejudices, sometimes with good reason. Both Facebook and Twitter have people both fought each other with incidents of discrimination against conservatives, you may have made gun-shy about the prohibition (in contrast to shadow-ban is) some.
But almost in unison, the tech giants joined forces in order against Jones, the Infowars runs.
Candidate Donald Trump appeared on Jones’ show in September, in the year 2015, and yesterday, Jones tweeted a video of the defence, with the heading: “EMERGENCY: President Trump the First amendment of the Constitution Must Defend.”
Facebook said it has taken on, some Jones-pages of the “for the glorification of violence against our graphic-violence policy, and with dehumanizing language to describe people, transgender people, Muslims and immigrants against our hate-politics.”
Apple said it removed the “Alex Jones Show” and other podcasts from iTunes and his podcast app. The company said that it “does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that they must follow the Creator and developer, to ensure that we offer a safe and secure environment for all of our users.”
Google ‘s YouTube, letting the axe on Jones’ channel, told The Washington Post that it ends, users who speak against “our measures against hatred and harassment, or of our terms and conditions, to the prohibition on circumvention of our enforcement measures.”
And Spotify banned Jones overall, after earlier removing some of the podcasts, says the Post: “We take seriously reports of hate-content, and check all the podcast episode or a song that is characterized by our community.”
I know Jones has a lot of fans—remember the controversy swirling around his interview with Megyn Kelly—but he is also suing a man of Sandy Hook parents to say that the terrible massacre in that Connecticut school was a joke.
Jones apologized in the last year, in careful language, for the dissemination of wrong pizza-gate conspiracy theory, and he said that he’d been given the wrong information.
This is not “conservative.” This is in contradiction with the reality.
Jones wrote the Post that you will be banned from the tech company was “counter-strike against the global awakening.”
“We have seen how a giant yellow journalism campaign, with the thousands and thousands of articles for weeks, for months, be wrong to interpret what I have said and done to set a precedent to de-platform, me in front of Big Tech and the Democratic party, and some Republican establishment types to move against the First Amendment in this country, as we know it,” he said.
Separately, Jones The New York Times called a “globalist intelligence Agency” and said that the “evil, evil sociopaths” who work for major media to take down Infowars.
I confess, I would like to know how the four tech companies happens to take action, on the same day. Maybe they came to the conclusion there was safety in numbers. She seemed to be an ally in Drudge, whose banner headline was HATE “APPLE.”
But this is only a skirmish. Only recently has Mark Zuckerberg got himself in trouble by saying that he saw no reason to deniers capture sites of the Holocaust.
There is a fine line between the prohibition of hatred and bullying on the one hand, and censorship on controversial political opinions on the other. These battles play out in a Hyper-partisan political atmosphere. But for now, Apple, Facebook, Google and Spotify all have to be of the opinion that there is a person who falls on the wrong side of this line.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.