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  • Facebook has removed four videos on pages belonging to
    InfoWars and its founder, Alex Jones, for violating the
    company’s community standards, according to CNN.
  • The spokesperson said that the community standards
    “make it clear” that content that “encourages physical harm
    [bullying], or attacks someone based on their religious
    affiliation or gender identity [hate speech]” is prohibited on
    the social media site.
  • Three of the videos were brought to Facebook’s
    attention on Wednesday, according to the spokesperson, and the
    fourth video was reported a month ago but was not immediately
    taken down due to a mistake during initial review.
  • Facebook’s decision comes one day after YouTube removed
    four videos linked to Jones — in the videos, Jones denounced
    Muslim immigrants to Europe and the creators of a transgender
    cartoon.

Facebook has reportedly removed four videos on pages belonging to
InfoWars and its founder, Alex Jones, for violating the company’s
community standards, a spokesperson said in a CNN report published
Thursday.

The spokesperson added that the community standards “make it
clear” that content that “encourages physical harm [bullying], or
attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender
identity [hate speech]” is prohibited on the social media site.

Three of the videos were brought to Facebook’s attention on
Wednesday, according to the spokesperson, and the fourth video
was reported a month ago but was not immediately taken down due
to a mistake during initial review.

After repeated “strikes,” or violations, on his content, Facebook
said it warned Jones of a possible 30-day ban.

Facebook’s decision comes one day after YouTube removed four
videos by Jones. In the videos, he denounced Muslim immigrants to
Europe and the creators of a transgender cartoon.

“YouTube has removed four Infowars videos that were critical of
liberalism,” Jones said in a statement on social media, in which
he also urged people to look at the videos on his website and
decide for themselves.

A spokesperson for Google’s YouTube, who asked not to be named
citing security concerns, declined to comment directly about the
Jones videos, but said in a statement, “We have longstanding
policies against child endangerment and hate speech.”


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“We apply our policies consistently according to the content in
the videos, regardless of the speaker or the channel.”

The videos, which included a clip of a man pushing a child to the
ground, were posted on Jones’ Infowars website.

Infowars posted a statement on its website in which it said
YouTube had slapped the Jones channel with a community strike,
meaning he could not broadcast live on YouTube for 90 days.

Under YouTube policy, the Alex Jones Channel, which has more than
2.4 million subscribers, could be permanently terminated if he
received another two community strikes within three months.

In one of the videos that Jones said had been removed from
YouTube, he spoke against an online series called “Drag Tots”
with animated drag queen characters. Jones compared the creators
of the series to Satanists, criticized them for appealing to
children, and warned of divine judgment.

In two other videos he said were removed by YouTube, Jones
suggested Muslims who immigrated to Europe were gaining control
of countries on that continent.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience.
In extreme theories, he has suggested that the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government.

The parents of two children who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook
school massacre in Connecticut sued Jones for defamation in
April, accusing him and Infowars of engaging in a campaign of
“false, cruel, and dangerous assertions.”

Reuters contributed reporting.

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