Facebook Finally Bans Alex Jones (But Just For 30 Days)

Facebook bans Alex Jones for 30 days | TheHill

Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days

On Thursday, Fox News Tucker Carlson defended Alex Jones by somehow drawing a connection between the Infowars conspiracy theorist and his former employee at the Daily Caller, now-CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins.

"We reviewed the content against our community standards and determined that it violates [them]", Facebook told CNet.

Controversial social figure Alex Jones is facing strict action from YouTube and Facebook due to his recently uploaded videos. On the other hand, YouTube issues strikes to whole channels: in Jones' most recent case, he's banned from live streaming on his channel for 90 days.

Three of the videos were reported to Facebook on Wednesday, but it's unclear what content they contained.

YouTube has given Jones' channel multiple strikes before-after three strikes, the site will ban a user permanently-but after three months, a strike expires.

One of the videos featured Jones stating that Muslims were taking control over European countries, with another one of the videos comparing drag queens to Satanists.

A third video - titled, "How to Prevent Liberalism" - reportedly showed a man shoving a child to the ground.

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. Surprisingly, a video that shows Jones pretending to shoot special prosecutor Robert Mueller has not been removed on Facebook.

Infowars didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Among theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government. 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. The company is drawing a line by banning Jones for 30 days, but it's unclear if it would have done so if the news of Jones being punished on YouTube hadn't bubbled to the surface.

The parents of two children who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in CT sued Jones for defamation in April, accusing him and Infowars of engaging in a campaign of "false, cruel, and unsafe assertions". Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters. At the time, the company appeared unwilling to say Jones' content violated its policies.

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