Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days

Posted July 28, 2018

Facebook is taking a step against Alex Jones that YouTube won't and is banning the InfoWars host from its social media platform for a month. Facebook removed the offending videos Thursday.

Facebook has previously issued Jones a notification that he repeatedly violated its policies, and if he continued to do so, he'd be banned for 30 days.

His channel, which boasts more than 2.4 million subscribers, is in danger of being removed if he receives another two "community strikes" within three months.

Variety reported that Facebook received reports on four different videos uploaded to Infowars' Facebook pages. We reviewed the content against our Community Standards and determined that it violates.

"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]", a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. Three of the four videos that were removed were first reported to Facebook yesterday.

Earlier Thursday, Jones appeared to be trying to sidestep YouTube's 90-day ban by broadcasting his livestreams on another channel. 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 subsequently took that content down and blocked Jones.

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Those four videos have since been removed from Jones' channels.

There has been no comment yet from InfoWars regarding Facebook's actions so far, though their official response to the YouTube video removal was a result of the channel being "critical of liberalism".

Though YouTube shut down a livestream at Ron Gibson's primary YouTube channel, he merely set up a second YouTube channel and is pointing people there.

Facebook enforce 30-day bans in the case of multiple violations. Families of Sandy Hook victims have filed lawsuits against Jones for defamation.

Disclosure: Sean Hollister's wife works for Facebook as an internal video producer.

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