Facebook finally suspends Alex Jones and Infowars for hate speech

Facebook finally suspends Alex Jones and Infowars for hate speech

Kerry Wise
July 28, 2018

Alex Jones and his conspiracy-theory peddling site InfoWars have been on the razor's edge of being thrown off online platforms for a while, but this week has likely marked the closest Jones has gotten to being fully booted from social media.

Earlier this week, YouTube gave Jones a light punishment for violating its policies against "violent or graphic content" by giving him a strike, which merely prevents Jones from livestreaming on the platform for 90 days.

The videos that led Facebook to impose the short posting ban are believed to be the same ones that led YouTube to act.

The 30-day ban affects Alex Jones personally, not his fellow Infowars page admins, meaning his "The Alex Jones Channel" and "Infowars" will stay on Facebook for now and his colleagues can continue to post unless they break the rules as well.

His channel, which boasts more than 2.4 million subscribers, is in danger of being removed if he receives another two "community strikes" within three months.

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Infowars has been under pressure for the last few days due to a combination of content removal on YouTube, strikes for hate speech policy violations, and a freeze on their Facebook account.

"We reviewed the content against our Community Standards and determined that it violates", the spokesperson told Mashable.

A Facebook spokesperson told The Guardian that Jones was found to have violated its community standards, saying: "Our community standards make it clear that we prohibit content that encourages physical harm (bullying), or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity (hate speech)".

There has been no comment yet from InfoWars regarding Facebook's actions so far, though their official response to the YouTube video removal was a result of the channel being "critical of liberalism". Facebook subsequently took that content down and blocked Jones. While that video didn't prompt Facebook to action, apparently bringing up the controversy did.

The social network enforces 30-days bans when multiple violations have been issued, Mashable reported.