Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Major tech companies remove Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Major tech companies remove Alex Jones for hate, bullying

The social network, however, eventually removed the videos from the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page, and the Infowars Nightly News Page. Jones' Youtube channel, "The Alex Jones Channel" was his way of speaking to his largest audience, and the video giant has pulled the plug after Jones broke the rules.

"All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube", Google said, according to The Post. "When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", a spokesperson said. All three companies cited repeated violations of hate speech policies as the reason. "It's not just a slippery slope, it's a risky cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets". He described it as "the one platform that they CAN'T ban".

While Apple's response to Jones has been the farthest-reaching thus far, the company had been criticized in the lead-up to its decision for failing to respond more quickly. While Jones said he now believes the shooting was not a hoax, he said his earlier claims were protected under US free speech laws.

Facebook said the page administrators would be able to appeal its decision. On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg's tech titan upped the ante and removed the episodes permanently.

At the time, the company hinted Jones and Infowars were "close to being unpublished given recent community standards violations".

It comes after Jones's personal Facebook profile was suspended for 30 days in July for what the social media website said was bullying and hate speech. Facebook initially claimed that the videos were fine.

A Facebook representative said details regarding appeals of a particular page's status can not be shared, citing privacy reasons. "It's why we have Community Standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others".

The removal from YouTube comes about a week after Facebook, Apple, and Spotify struck almost all of Jones' content from their platforms.

Jones has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. Parents of some of the slain children are suing Jones.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes. Spotify decided that Jones' podcasts were "hate content" and removed several from its platform.

Facebook announced Monday that it has removed four pages of United States conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for violation of its policy that bans extremist behaviors including hate speech.

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