Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying


Conspiracy website Infowars was kicked off multiple social media platforms Monday morning, with the sites citing the Alex Jones outlet's history of hate speech. At least, that's what his lawyer told a judge when Jones was embroiled in a custody battle with his ex-wife past year.

"Tomorrow, Alex Jones will scream about his ban from iTunes being political".

YouTube previously banned livestream videos from Jones for three months that contained hate speech against Muslims and transgender people and another video that included an instance of child endangerment late last month.

An Apple spokeswoman said in a statement that the company "does not tolerate hate speech" and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Facebook said it put Jones on a 30-day block for his connection to posting violating content to four of his pages: the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.

The Infowars conspiracy factory chief has offered a reaction to the news that YouTube, Facebook, Apple and Spotify have all cracked down on him for repeated violations of their policy guidelines. Stitcher, the podcast application, removed Jones' podcasts on Friday, per Billboard. The policy warns that repeat offenders will be removed from the platform.

Since then, Facebook said it received more reports of troublesome videos from the pages.

Facebook removed four videos posted by Jones last week for violating hate speech and bullying polices.

Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson responded in an August 6 article, saying that the companies "all banned Infowars within 12 hours of each other, illustrating how last night's purge was a coordinated effort and has nothing to do with these platforms enforcing "hate speech" rules".

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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.

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", Facebook wrote in a statement.

Five of the six InfoWars-related shows are no longer available on iTunes, with all episodes removed.

Alex Jones is a controversial radio and podcast host based in Austin, Texas.

Several families affected by the shooting, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation. Soon after, Spotify removed Jones' podcasts from their platform as well. He has sought to have the lawsuit dismissed.

Jones also urged people to go to his online store and buy a T-shirt, with slogans that back his site and President Trump's re-election campaign.

It's unclear exactly how many episodes were ditched, although the vast majority of content created by Jones remains available to Spotify users.