Facebook blocks Alex Jones for 30 days

Saturday, 28 Jul, 2018

Fox News' Tucker Carlson (left) defends InfoWars' Alex Jones after Facebook suspends Jones for "bullying" and "hate speech".

As well as taking down the videos, the InfoWars YouTube channel has been hit by a penalty known as a "community strike", which stops it broadcasting live for 90 days. It was not clear if YouTube and Facebook removed the same videos.

During Thursday's "Tucker Carlson Tonight", Carlson defended Jones from Facebook's suspension and invoked the story of the White House banning CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from covering a Wednesday event at the White House. On YouTube, channels that receive three strikes within three months are terminated. Each video removed is a "strike" against the page, but unlike YouTube, Facebook has not publicly discussed how many strikes will result in permanent action against a page or a personality.

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"We reviewed the content against our Community Standards and determined that it violates", the spokesperson told Mashable. Livestreams were being hosted Thursday afternoon by Ron Gibson, who describes his channel as part of Alex Jones' Free Speech Systems network. While the social network may further clarify this incident, it remains unclear what does and doesn't violate the social network's content guidelines - especially after it decided just days ago that Jones' rant accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of pedophilia could stay on the platform. The Alex Jones Channel received a strike back in February, but that has since expired. At the same time they are telling us how important it is that people should be able to say what they think, they are agitating for Alex Jones to be pulled off YouTube. While that video didn't prompt Facebook to action, apparently bringing up the controversy did. "All four videos have been removed from Facebook".

In regards to punishments for personal accounts and pages, Facebook issues a strike to the page admin that posted the content violation as well as the page on which it was posted.

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