YouTube completely removed The Alex Jones Channel and the Infowars Interviews Monday afternoon after the page received multiple strikes for violating the company’s community standards.
Visitors can still access the channels but will find a message from YouTube instead of Mr. Jones‘ videos.
In March, Mr. Jones said his channel’s removal was imminent. Monday’s termination came five months later.
However, the Infowars Documentaries channel Mr. Jones touted as a replacement is still published on YouTube. Nine videos are currently viewable.
The Alex Jones channel with billions of views is frozen. We have been told it will be deleted tomorrow and all 33 thousands videos will be erased. We just set up this new page subscribe if you want to see what the SPLC wants censored.. https://t.co/0sGkMNUCPt— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) March 4, 2018
“All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes,” it read, “While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today’s removals were related to this.”
The company uses a strike system to monitor how many times a page or admin violates their community standards. After an unspecified number of violations, an account could be suspended and a page could be unpublished, which is what happened to Mr. Jones‘ and some of his pages.
“As a result of reports we received, last week, we removed four videos on four Facebook Pages for violating our hate speech and bullying policies,” the statement read, “Since then, more content from the same Pages has been reported to us — upon review, we have taken it 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.”
The Alex Jones, Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and Infowars Nightly News Page were all unpublished. According to Facebook’s policy, admins can appeal the decision. If that fails, the page is completely removed.
It is unconfirmed if Infowars went through the appeals process, but its editor-at-large Paul Watson said the outlet was banned.
Facebook has permanently BANNED Infowars.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 6, 2018
For unspecified “hate speech”. They didn’t even tell us what the offending posts were.
This sets a chilling precedent for free speech.
To all other conservative news outlets - you are next.
The great censorship purge has truly begun. pic.twitter.com/v7Yo9hI0q3
A Facebook representative said details regarding appeals of a particular page’s status cannot be shared, citing privacy reasons.
Mr. Watson likened American news outlets and social media outlets to the Russian and Chinese governments and accused them of censorship.
Whether you love or loathe Infowars, this now confirms that Big Tech is working with legacy media to silence independent media.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 6, 2018
In places like Russia, the government shuts down the press, in America, CNN, Apple and Facebook fulfil that role.
“But it’s just a private company which can do what it likes”.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 6, 2018
No it’s not “just a private company”.
This is a Big Tech monopoly working hand in hand with the establishment media to unfairly silence dissenters.
This is Chinese-style web control. Here and now. In the west.
Apple removed five of six Inforwars podcasts from iTunes and its podcast platforms, Buzzfeed news reported on Sunday.
“Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” a company spokesperson told Buzzfeed.
The music streaming service published an updated policy for hate content and conduct on Aug 1, a day before reports surfaced about its crackdown on Infowars.
“Spotify does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation,” the statement read, “As we’ve done before, we will remove content that violates that standard. We’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content – we’re talking about hate speech.”
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