Facebook removes pages belonging to "Infowars" host Alex Jones for hate, bullying


Facebook removes pages belonging to "Infowars" host Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Yolanda Curtis
August 6, 2018

Facebook emphasized that it hasn't technically removed the pages but simply unpublished them, which leaves the door open for an appeal by Jones.

Facebook has removed four pages belonging to the controversial right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones following weeks of pressure from critics and similar moves from other tech platforms. In addition, one of the admins of these Pages - Alex Jones - was placed in a 30-day block for his role in posting violating content to these Pages.

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".

Among other claims, Alex Jones (file photo) has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting a hoax.


Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TIME.

Also in July, YouTube slapped Jones" channel with a "community strike, ' blocking him from broadcasting live on the site for 90 days.

BuzzFeed News reported on Sunday that Apple (AAPL) had removed five podcasts associated with InfoWars from iTunes and its podcast app. Among the theories he has promoted is that the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government. He is also a proponent of the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, claims Stoneman Douglas survivor David Hogg is a crisis actor, and says NFL players protesting during the National Anthem are "kneeling to white genocide" and violence against whites.

In response to Apple's decision, Jones probably issued an angry statement of some sort, but we have no interest in visiting his website to find out what it was. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.


While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years. Last week it removed just some specific programs. "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a Spotify spokesperson said.

'Alex Jones has been responsible for harassing parents of Sandy Hook children, Vegas shooting victims and threatening to kill the Special Counsel.

The removal of Jones' podcast from those platforms comes after Spotify deleted some episodes of the Alex Jones Show last week.


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