InfoWars Founder Alex Jones Banned From Facebook for 30 Days

Jul 28, 2018, 01:01
InfoWars Founder Alex Jones Banned From Facebook for 30 Days

Alex Jones, the founder and star of conspiracy site Infowars, was suspended by Facebook on Thursday, and may face harsher consequences.

As well as taking down the videos, the InfoWars YouTube channel has been hit by a penalty known as a "community strike", which stops it broadcasting live for 90 days. He's received a strike from YouTube, and amid discussion about that strike, people kept noting Facebook had failed to act on a video Jones had posted threatening Robert Mueller.

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Prior to this ban, Jones has received a notification from Facebook informing him that he had repeatedly violated its policies and informing him that if he did so again, he'd receive a 30-day ban. "We also have a clear three strikes policy and we terminate channels when they receive three strikes in three months". However, his colleagues who are Facebook admins for the Alex Jones Channel's and InfoWars' pages can continue to post content. Jones received a ban because his personal account already received a warning in the past. According to a report from CNET, Facebook banned Jones after it determined four videos on his pages violated its community standards.

The Facebook community guidelines in question state that content that encourages physical harm to others based on their religious or gender identity is forbidden. One of the four banned videos had even been marked as acceptable after a moderator reviewed it last month, according to TechCrunch. The platform has said that pages will be pulled from the site after receiving a certain number of strikes, but hasn't revealed how many strikes trigger the action. Both pages published new posts on Friday morning, with Jones appearing on a livestream on the Infowars page. In three separate lawsuits, eight Sandy Hook families and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent have sued Jones for defamation, The New York Times reports.

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Infowars didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook subsequently took that content down and blocked Jones.

CNN is reporting that Facebook has banned Jones from the site.

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Update, 10:17 a.m. PT: Added that eight Sandy Hook families are suing Jones for defamation. Upon re-review, Facebook made a decision to take down the video for its violation.