Facebook blocks Infowars’ Alex Jones from posting for 30 days

Facebook blocks Infowars’ Alex Jones from posting for 30 days

Facebook blocks Infowars’ Alex Jones from posting for 30 days

Jones has defended the videos on Twitter as being "critical of liberalism".

Back in February, he reportedly received a YouTube strike for a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting. His channel only received a reprimand this time and is still active, but is close to reaching the level where Facebook could permanently remove the page, a spokesperson told CNET.

The move comes a day after YouTube removed some of Jones' videos and suspended his ability to broadcast live on YouTube for 90 days.

InfoWars is an organization notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues, including suggesting that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the USA 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. Conservatives have accused Facebook, YouTube and other platforms of censoring right-wing views in the past, and have rallied behind him before. At the time, the company appeared unwilling to say Jones' content violated its policies.

Just this past Wednesday at TCA, Facebook, attempting to focus on its Facebook Watch platform, faced renewed questions about its handling of InfoWars.

"Now I know we're supposed to think Alex Jones is way more radical than, like, Bill Maher, [or] Michelle Wolf, or Rosie O'Donnell", he added.

Within Facebook, the free-speech issues raised by Infowars and Jones have become an especially contentious topic. One group of Facebook workers, which included people of Jewish and Eastern European descent, raised Zuckerberg's position on Holocaust denial with their superiors, saying they found it incomprehensible, according to the employee. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.

Facebook slammed radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones with a 30-day block, according to a report Friday.

In briefings with reporters this month, Facebook executives struggled to define the company's policies regarding accounts that repeatedly post false or misleading news.

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