Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days

Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days

Facebook took action against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones late Thursday when it banned the InfoWars host from using his account for the next 30 days.

The suspension means that Jones can not post content to his personal profile, or use it to post content to the Alex Jones and InfoWars pages.

"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]", a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable.

"We received reports related to four different videos on the Pages that Infowars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Courant. "All four videos have been removed from Facebook".

A request to Jones for comment was not immediately returned. YouTube issued Jones a "strike", meaning he is unable to livestream content for three months.

It appears that at first, Jones simply had to accept the strikes against InfoWars, but was still allowed to post, and then Facebook amended its approach and implemented the ban.

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Those four videos have since been removed from Jones' channels.

As Fast Company reported earlier, the social network is loathe to remove content that doesn't clearly violate its community guidelines because it reduces ad impressions, and Facebook would rather not be in the business of fact-checking.

Back in February, he reportedly received a YouTube strike for a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting. The action comes just days after YouTube pulled four Infowars videos and banned the outlet from livestreaming its shows for 90 days. Asked by CNN how they can claim to be serious about tackling the problem of misinformation online while simultaneously allowing InfoWars to maintain a page with almost one million followers, company executives struggled to provide an answer.

Facebook and YouTube acted after weeks of controversy over Jones, who first gained notoriety by insisting that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were an "inside job" by the US government.

According to CNET's report, a Facebook spokesperson said that Jones' page "faces a permanent ban from the site" if he and his other admins continue to break Facebook's rules.

"Now I know we're supposed to think Alex Jones is way more radical than, like, Bill Maher, [or] Michelle Wolf, or Rosie O'Donnell", he added.

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