Alex Jones Streams on Another Channel — YouTube’s Ban Ineffective

Alex Jones Facebook Ban

Alex Jones Facebook Ban

The social-networking giant said late Thursday it had banned the right-wing conspiracy theorist from using his account for the next 30 days after removing four videos from the network it said violated its community standards.

Facebook is taking a step against Alex Jones that YouTube won't and is banning the InfoWars host from its social media platform for a month.

The company received a number of reports related to four different videos on Jones" page, as well as his more popular page "Infowars'.

The Facebook community guidelines in question state that content that encourages physical harm to others based on their religious or gender identity is forbidden.

These same four videos were also removed earlier in the week by YouTube, which also barred Jones from live streaming for 90 days.

"We apply our policies consistently according to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker or the channel", a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday. It is not yet clear what content caused Facebook to issue the suspension.

In two other videos he said were removed by YouTube, Jones suggested Muslims who immigrated to Europe were gaining control of countries on that continent. Jones has defended the videos on Twitter as being "critical of liberalism".

The social network told CNet that the Alex Jones Channel on Facebook was close to the threshold which would see it shut down and deleted.

Facebook has published a blog post about its content reviewers. Infowars was not immediately available for comment.

However, Jones' personal profile remains online, as do the InfoWars and Alex Jones pages.

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.

"What we're trying to do is make it so that, if you are saying something that is untrue, you're allowed to say it, as long as you an authentic person", Simo said. 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.

"Look, as abhorrent as some of this content can be, I do think that it gets down to this principle of giving people a voice", Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, said in a Recode podcast interview. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters. Facebook has made it crystal clear that if the posts incite violence or misinformation, it would be removed.

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