InfoWars Founder Alex Jones Banned From Facebook for 30 Days

Facebook bans Alex Jones for 30 days | TheHill

Facebook Inc. said it banned controversial radio host Alex Jones for 30 days for repeatedly posting content that violated the social network's community guidelines, and has removed four videos posted to pages maintained by him and the InfoWars site he operates. "We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we're aware of it".

It wasn't immediately clear what specific content was contained in the four videos removed by Facebook, but CNET notes that several of the exact same videos removed by YouTube are no longer up on Jones' Facebook page either. When a page gets a certain number of strikes (Facebook did not provide a specific number), the page is unpublished.

Alex Jones, the founder and star of conspiracy site Infowars, was suspended by Facebook on Thursday, and may face harsher consequences. It's unclear exactly which videos they were, but it's likely at least some were the same videos that YouTube removed from its site just days ago. One of the four banned videos had even been marked as acceptable after a moderator reviewed it last month, according to TechCrunch. 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.

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

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".

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. While that video didn't prompt Facebook to action, apparently bringing up the controversy did.

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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