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Facebook, YouTube ban Alex Jones Infowars about hate

Facebook, YouTube, and Apple have banned Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory site Infowars to their platforms on incitement to hatred. (Tamir kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Facebook, YouTube, and Apple have banned Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory site Infowars to their platforms on incitement to hatred.

On Monday, Facebook and YouTube pulled down the content from Jones, who had amassed 1.6 million and 2.4 million followers on the platforms, respectively, while Apple took five of the six podcasts for Infowars of iTunes and the Podcast app.

According to Facebook, the takedown has nothing to do with Jones, the spreading of false news, but for the posting of content that glorifies violence and uses dehumanizing language to describe transgender people, Muslims and immigrants. “All four of the Pages are unpublished for repeated violations of the Community Standards and accumulate too many strikes,” the company said in a blog post.

Last week, the company removed four videos on four Jones and Infowars-related Facebook pages for violating the hate and bullying policy. But on Monday, the tech giant went with a full ban on those pages after discovering Jones was the round more content to make incitement to hatred.

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Google, owner of YouTube, has also indicated that Jones had repeatedly violated the company’s policy on hate and harassment, to force it to pull from The Alex Jones Channel from the streaming site.

“All users agree to comply with our general terms and Conditions and Community Guidelines when they sign in to YouTube. If users violate this policy repeatedly, such as our policy against hate speech, and harassment or to our general ban on the circumvention of our enforcement actions, we terminate their accounts,” a spokesperson said.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple said that it “does not tolerate hate speech.” On Monday, Spotify also told PCMag it had banned Alex Jones from the platform over repeated offences relating to incitement to hatred.

In response, Jones tweeted on Monday that he is considering filing a lawsuit against the companies over the alleged censorship. “What conservative news outlet will be next?”

Jones is verified on Twitter, which is not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Jones has violated any of the site policies.

On its website, where Jones is still free to transmit,

Infowars claims
the tech industry is out to censor conservative content of the web. “Infowars is widely credited with having played a major role in the election of Donald Trump. By prohibiting Infowars, big tech is involved in the election interference in just three months before important mid-terms,” he said.

None of the companies has indicated that the content has actually led to the suppression. But

Infowars
and Jones lang have peddled conspiracy theories, including those of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 was a hoax. The parents of those children have called Jones. Last month, Jones also posted a video accusing special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller with respect to pedophilia crimes. In that same video he also pretends to shoot Mueller with his finger.

The controversial nature of Infowars asked journalists and the public to ask why Facebook and YouTube allowed the content of the site on their platforms as the two companies fight fake news and abuse. Last month, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to defend allows Infowars on his site, claiming he was protecting the freedom of speech, but his comments just stoked more controversy. The increasing pressure seems to have forced the entire tech industry to act.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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