YouTube removes Alex Jones' channel for violating its community guidelines

08 August, 2018, 21:59 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Tech companies gave massive platforms to conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Is the crackdown finally here

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

Colbert was referring to the news that tech companies and social media sites have made a decision to either ban or pull content from Infowars and Jones from their sites.

The app launched in June and users can stream live shows and read stories from his Infowars website, where he also sells merchandise, including t-shirts, books, supplements and survivalist gear. "We'll enforce if he does", Dorsey tweeted.

Controversial pundit Alex Jones has issued his video rebuttal to the social media outlets that have removed his access from their services.

Colbert then went on to revive his Jones-inspired character - Brain Fight radio host Tuck Buckford - who is coincidentally dealing with very similar struggles at this moment in time. The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year. Twitter has recently stepped up actions against fake accounts, but the company has admitted that it has no "scalable policy or set of product features around authenticity of content".

Facebook said Jones violated its hate speech policies, adding that the pages were taken down for "glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies".

But in case the service's position was not entirely clear, Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey further shed light on its stance via a series of tweets late Tuesday.

However, viewers are now flocking to Apple's app store as Infowars' content has yet to be removed from that platform.

US-based social media have always been criticized by some liberal commentators for lacking transparency in how they ban content and for having an apparent political bias.

His site Infowars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being "actors" in a plot to discredit the gun lobby. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

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