Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for hate, bullying

Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for hate, bullying

Spotify on Monday confirmed it has removed all episodes of The Alex Jones Show, after taking down some selected episodes last week. Only one program out of six, "RealNews with David Knight [sic]" remains on the platform.

Facebook Inc announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to USA conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that breaks its community standards.

Facebook stressed that it was the violent language used by Jones, rather than his conspiracy theories, that prompted the move.

In response to Facebook's ban, Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson tweeted: "Facebook bans Infowars".

It also said they represent various views if "people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

InfoWars did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside business hours. Spotify removed The Alex Jones Show on Monday, The Guardian reported, but left up Infowars other podcasts.

The company said Monday that more content from the pages had since been reported, and it had chose to remove them for "repeated violations of community standards and accumulating too many strikes". Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.

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Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016.

Mr Jones has been widely criticised for repeating conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks in NY were staged by the U.S. government.

Those have been pulled from the iTunes directory, making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming.

Several other apps and social media platforms have also taken action against InfoWars content.

Jones is now facing several defamation suits stemming from his claims that school shootings like the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre and this year's Parkland shooting were "false flag" operations put on by left-wing forces in order to drum up support for gun control policies. Last week, Spotify removed some of Jones' Infowars podcasts, saying they contained hate speech.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.

It's the latest move by a big digital-media platform to stop distributing the right-wing conspiracy website's content, which has been a high-profile test case of how Silicon Valley is grappling with the problem of dealing with inflammatory content and misinformation.

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