Annnnnd now Facebook has blocked Alex Jones for 30 days
Alex Jones can’t catch a break. Yesterday, YouTube gave Alex Jones’ channel a strike for violating the company’s policies against hate speech and child endangerment. This resulted in four of his videos being removed from his channel along with not being able to live stream for 90 days.
Today, he’s being slapped with a 30-day block on Facebook.
In an email statement provided to reporters, a Facebook spokesperson outlines why they brought down the banhammer,
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]. We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we’re aware of it. In this case, we received reports related to four different videos on the Pages that InfoWars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook.
So, it seems its extremely similar to YouTube’s situation where they removed four videos from the platform. This time, now on Facebook’s platform, the spokesperson confirmed.
What does a 30-day block mean for Alex Jones? Essentially, any pages managed by Jones –including his own business page – will be prohibited from posting content to Facebook. Specifically, any page he’s a “page admin” for.
Alex Jones is treading very dangerous waters now. Sure, he didn’t get a complete ban from the platform, but if he continues his usual tirades, it’s possible he’ll get the boot. Is this a loss for free speech? Well, not really. He just has to play by Facebook’s rules if he wants to continue posting content, just like any of us would.
We reached out to InfoWars but they did not immediately respond to our request for comment. We’ll update the post if we hear anything back.
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