Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Facebook Has Temporarily Banned Conspiracy Peddler Alex Jones From Its Platform

Facebook Has Temporarily Banned Conspiracy Peddler Alex Jones From Its Platform

Facebook removed the offending videos Thursday.

YouTube has given Jones' channel multiple strikes before-after three strikes, the site will ban a user permanently-but after three months, a strike expires. However, his colleagues who are Facebook admins for the Alex Jones Channel's and InfoWars' pages can continue to post content. Jones received a ban because his personal account already received a warning in the past.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed in an email to Mashable that it has issued the time-out to Jones after he was found to have violated the social network's "Community Standards". The platform has said that pages will be pulled from the site after receiving a certain number of strikes, but hasn't revealed how many strikes trigger the action.

However, Facebook says it didn't remove the video where Jones pretends to shoot special prosecutor Robert Mueller, and a spokesperson says Facebook stands by its decision that the Muelller video didn't violate the company's standards.

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Now Facebook has reviewed and removed the videos for violating community standard that "prohibit content that encourages physical harm [bullying], or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity [hate speech]". Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.

While Facebook's and YouTube's community rules have similarities between them, Facebook focuses on "direct attacks" when it comes to hate speech and other inflammatory content.

Earlier Thursday, Jones appeared to be trying to sidestep YouTube's 90-day ban by broadcasting his livestreams on another channel.

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

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InfoWars has not yet responded to Facebook's action.

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

Facebook notified Jones of his previous violations and also informed him that a 30-day ban was imminent if he violated the community standards again.

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