Facebook Bans Pages By Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones, Who Bans Commenters On His InfoWars Site
Facebook announced it has “unpublished” four pages by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones: The Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page, and the Infowars Nightly News Page.
Jones — who regularly censors commenters on his InfoWars site — has been blocked from Facebook for 30 days, notes Fortune.
Facebook claimed the content violated its policies, even though Facebook has allowed the content for years:
We have taken it 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.
All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes.
Apple said it has removed the entire library of five out of six Infowars’ podcasts, which violated its policy.
Not surprisingly, Infowars claimed Facebook was censoring, but failed to mention that Infowars regularly censors commenters:
What we are witnessing is an ideological purge intended to re-define the very concept of free speech. If free speech does not include controversial/unpopular/offensive speech, it doesn’t exist.
A society in which free speech doesn’t exist is doomed to collapse into authoritarianism.
The argument that Facebook and other social media giants are “private companies” and can do what they like is also a complete misnomer.
Former Trump data strategist Matt Braynard whined on Fox Business about tech companies censoring Jones, but Braynard failed to mention how Jones censors people regularly in the comment sections of InfoWars:
I think the real question here is who’s going to be next? Because at least in Alex Jones’ case, the language that they used was “hate speech” and that’s a very broad term and it’s not really clear on any given day what that means to these tech companies.
It’s important to remember that personnel is policy, and stacked from the bottom to the top of corporate leadership, department heads of all the tech companies they are hardcore leftists.
And if this is just the first example of them censoring somebody or going after somebody, it just makes me wonder who’s next, whose unfavorable opinions will be targeted next for deplatforming by Apple or any one of these larger, other large social media companies.
Will it be people who oppose illegal immigration, or question the latest on gender politics, or pro-lifers?
At what point does it cross the quote, unquote “hate speech” line, especially when they’re relying on far left organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center to define exactly what hate speech is, which would include this network here.
It does concern us though that they are essentially removing the platform, in many cases funding, for right-wing conservative voices, patriotic voices, along with deleting podcasts wholesale, not particular ones, but the entire podcast series of Alex Jones.