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Facebook blocks Infowars’ Alex Jones from posting for 30 days

Facebook blocks Infowars’ Alex Jones from posting for 30 days

Facebook has come under fire for allowing Alex Jones and his conspiratorial content to live on its social network with few consequences (until now).

Earlier this week, YouTube gave Jones a light punishment for violating its policies against "violent or graphic content" by giving him a strike, which merely prevents Jones from livestreaming on the platform for 90 days. It's unclear exactly which videos they were, but it's likely at least some were the same videos that YouTube removed from its site just days ago. A Facebook spokesperson also said if Jones or his fellow admins continue to break its rules, his pages face a permanent ban from the site.

Variety reported that Facebook received reports on four different videos uploaded to Infowars' Facebook pages.

YouTube had taken the same action beforehand, pulling down the same four videos, for the same reasons. "We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we're aware of it".

A Facebook spokesperson told The Guardian that Jones was found to have violated its community standards, saying: "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)".

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

Facebook notified Jones of his previous violations and also informed him that a 30-day ban was imminent if he violated the community standards again.

Back in February, he reportedly received a YouTube strike for a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting. "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".

This wasn't Jones' first warning this week. Upon re-review, Facebook made a decision to take down the video for its violation. One of the four banned videos had even been marked as acceptable after a moderator reviewed it last month, according to TechCrunch.

His temporary ban from Facebook means he can't post content on any page for which he's an administrator.


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