Facebook Bans Infowars’ Alex Jones for 30 Days Over Hate Speech, Bullying

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Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been banned from Facebook for 30 days. On YouTube, channels that receive three strikes within three months are terminated.

According to Mashable, Facebook had previously warned Jones that he was violating the site's policies and that if he continued to do so, he would face a 30-day hiatus.

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

"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]", the spokesperson said.

Facebook users complained about four videos posted on the Facebook pages maintained by Jones and Infowars, including an anti-liberalism video that showed an adult man shoving a young boy to the ground. "We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we're aware of it". 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.

The four videos have now been taken down.


Jones is perhaps best known for falsely claiming the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged by actors. 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.

Facebook has taken action against Jones, suspending him for violating a numbers of its policies against hate speech and bullying. Both pages published new posts on Friday morning, with Jones appearing on a livestream on the Infowars page. Livestreams were being hosted Thursday afternoon by Ron Gibson, who describes his channel as part of Alex Jones' Free Speech Systems network.

More than 2.4 million people subscribe to Mr Jones's channel on YouTube.

Facebook did not immediately reply to Fortune's request for comment.

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

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