Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Alex Jones has been suspended from Facebook for 30 days

Alex Jones has been suspended from Facebook for 30 days

Earlier this month, CNN's "Senior Media Reporter" Oliver Darcy actively lobbied Facebook to remove InfoWars from its platform, claiming that the site is "notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues". YouTube's "strike" against Infowars means it is banned from live-streaming 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.

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.

A mere matter of days after InfoWars founder Alex Jones received yet another YouTube strike - but wasn't banned - he's been hit with a 30-day block on Facebook. Each video removed is a "strike" against the page, but unlike YouTube, Facebook has not publicly discussed how many strikes will result in permanent action against a page or a personality. According to a report from CNET, Facebook banned Jones after it determined four videos on his pages violated its community standards.

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"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)", Facebook said.

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

However, Jones' recent video in which he attacks Special Counsel Robert Mueller and mimes shooting him remains up on Facebook. The Alex Jones Channel received a strike back in February, but that has since expired. "At the same time they're telling us how important it is that people should be able to say what they think, they are agitating for Alex Jones to be pulled off YouTube".

Infowars said the the videos were deleted because they were "critical of liberalism". While that video didn't prompt Facebook to action, apparently bringing up the controversy did.

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